World Cup 2022: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter says awarding Qatar the right to host the tournament was a mistake

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Sepp Blatter was president of FIFA when Qatar won the right to host the tournament

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the decision to award Qatar the right to host the World Cup was a “mistake”.

Blatter, 86, was president of FIFA when Qatar won the right to host the tournament in 2010.

The Gulf state has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record, and its treatment of migrant workers.

Qatar’s ambassador to the World Cup, Khaled Salman, said homosexuality was “damage to the mind”, which drew criticism.

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