“Choosing Qatar was a mistake”

2010: Sepp Blatter announces the award of the World Cup to Qatar.Image: AP/KEYSTONE

8/11/2022, 6:47 am8/11/2022, 06:49

Looking back, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter regrets World Cup venue: “Choosing Qatar was a mistake.” But not for the reasons that now make headlines almost every day. The earth is too small.

“Football and the World Cup are too big for that,” Blatter said in an interview with “Tamedia” titles published on Monday. It was a bad choice. “And as president I was responsible for that at the time,” Blatter said.

Originally, the executive committee wanted to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to the USA. “It would be a gesture of peace if two political opponents were to host the World Cup one after the other,” Blatter said. Important votes then headed to Qatar.

His acquittal at the Federal Criminal Court in July is clear to the former FIFA president: “It was not a second-category acquittal.” But in October, federal prosecutors appealed the acquittals in the trial of Blatter and ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini. She submitted a motion to the Court of Appeal for the complete annulment of the first-instance judgment.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.Image: keystone

Blatter does not see the fact that only the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office and not FIFA appealed against the Federal Criminal Court’s ruling at the beginning of July as a sign of peace. “On the contrary! Infantino avoids me.” The further course of the judgment is also incomprehensible, everything was transparent. “The court ruled that the sum of two million was permissible compensation for the services rendered to FIFA by Michel Platini.”

According to Blatter, resentment across the Atlantic is responsible for the investigation taking place at all. “The Americans, with whom the federal prosecutor’s office worked, were upset because the World Cup was not going to them, but to Qatar.” The ex-FUFA boss admitted it had not been confirmed. “History will show how it was.” (abu/sda)

All FIFA presidents since the world governing body was founded in 1904

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All FIFA presidents since the world governing body was founded in 1904

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