Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter raises controversy: awarding Qatar to host the World Cup was a “wrong decision”

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Joseph Blatter, the former president of the International Football Association, sparked widespread controversy after his recent statements, saying that granting the State of Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup was a wrong decision.

Sepp Blatter, who served as FIFA president from 1998 to 2015, was responsible when decisions were made about the host countries for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Blatter was acquitted of corruption charges earlier this year related to his time at FIFA, but he remains banned from football until 2027, for multiple breaches of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“Choosing Qatar (to host the World Cup) was a wrong decision,” Blatter told the Swiss newspaper, Tages-Anzeiger. In 2022, according to Eurosport.

“It would have been a gesture of peace if the two old political rivals had hosted the World Cup one after the other,” he said.

And the former FIFA president added: “It (Qatar) is a very small country. Football and the World Cup are too big to take place in this country,” as he put it.

And Joseph Blatter continued: “For me, this is clear, Qatar is a mistake, the choice was bad, I wonder why the new FIFA president (Infantino) lives in Qatar?”, he said.

According to Blatter, the United States’ chances of hosting the 2022 World Cup were disrupted by former UEFA president, Michel Platini.

“Thanks to the four votes of Platini and his UEFA team, the World Cup went to Qatar instead of the United States, it is the truth,” said Joseph Blatter.

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup finals between November and December, for the first time in an Arab country and in the Middle East.

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