London, 10 September: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted for the first time that awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar may have been a mistake, according to Sky Sports.
And Blatter says he is hopeful that he can persuade the game’s senior figures to move the Qatar World Cup to winter, rather than have matches played in temperatures of up to 50 degrees in the summer.
The final decision will be taken in October, when Blatter will try to have his proposal to switch the tournament to winter endorsed by the Fifa executive committee. Asked by insideworldfootball.com about awarding Qatar the event in the first place, Blatter said: "It may well be that we made a mistake at the time.
"On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities. The World Cup is Fifa’s biggest, if not only, global event. Who are we, the Europeans, to demand that this event has to cater to the needs of 800 million Europeans above all?
"I think it is high time that Europe starts to understand that we do not rule the world anymore.” agencies