Sepp Blatter: FIFA made a ‘mistake’ awarding 2022 summer World Cup to Qatar

Organisers believe that the Al-Khor stadium, pictured, would be able to safely host World Cup games. 

The temperature in Qatar between May and September ranges between 30°-50°C (86°-122°F) with humidity of 90%.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that it was “a mistake” to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

Blatter said that the technical report into Qatar’s bid had warned that it was too hot but despite that, FIFA’s executive committee had voted for the Middle Eastern country.

However, despite his admission, the FIFA chief will not change the World Cup’s destination, instead he will force through plans to run the 2022 tournament during the Qatari winter.

The Financial Times notes:

FIFA’s ruling executive committee is expected to discuss plans to reschedule the 2022 tournament from summer to winter when it meets in São Paulo in two weeks’ time. The move has implications for several national leagues and sponsors.

The governing body is also awaiting the findings of an investigation by New York attorney Michael Garcia on corruption allegations relating to the decision by the “Exco” in December 2010 to award the 2022 tournament to Qatar and the 2018 world cup to Russia.

The Exco overrode a technical report that raised doubts about the wisdom of staging the tournament in Qatar because of the heat.
Qatar has also come in for criticism over its treatment of migrant workers, prompting the state to commission a report that recommended more than 60 reforms.