Blatter said it was "a mistake" choose Qatar for the World Cup

The controversial former president of FIFA, the Swiss Joseph Blatter, stressed on Monday that the choice made in 2010 of Qatar as the venue for the World Cup was “a mistake” for which he blamed the then head of UEFA, the Frenchman Michel Platini.

“Thanks to the four votes of Platini and his team, the World Cup went to Qatar instead of the United States, that’s the truth,” Blatter shot in an extensive interview published Tuesday by the Swiss newspaper. Tribune.

The 86-year-old Swiss, who presided over FIFA from 1998 to 2015 with Julio Humberto Grondona as deputy for 16 years, also said that Qatar “is too small a country for a World Cup that is too big.”

Blatter reiterated statements made to the French newspaper Le Monde in 2021 in which he blamed Platini for having given in to “pressure” from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for UEFA votes to go to Qatar, after the French head of state met with the Qatari crown prince .

“Six months later, Qatar bought combat aircraft from France worth 14.6 million dollars. It was of course a matter of money,” Blatter revealed on Tuesday.

The former FIFA president, who was suspended from his post in 2015 over corruption allegations, said that before the double choice of venues for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in 2010 “the consensus was that Russia would get the first of those World Cups. (as it was) and the second United States” (other candidates were Japan, Australia and South Korea, in addition to Qatar).

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After acknowledging his “bad relationship” with fellow Swiss Gianni Infantino, the current head of FIFA, Blatter said “he does not understand that (Infantino) currently lives in Qatar.”

Despite criticizing the choice of the Qatar venue during his mandate, the former leader expressed his satisfaction with the fact that, “with some exceptions”, there have been no boycotts of soccer players at the World Cup in the Arab country, and assured: “With the referee’s first whistle, we won’t talk about all these problems anymore, just about sport”.

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