The former president of the FIFA Joseph Blatter considered that the attribution to Taste of the 2022 World Cup “It was a big mistake” and he considered that the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was who intervened for the emirate to achieve that competition.
“I was disappointed in Qatar’s victory,” Blatter said in an interview published this Sunday in the online edition of the French newspaper Le Monde.
Blatter, who was forced to resign on June 2, 2015 by a corruption scandal, four days after being re-elected as FIFA president, believes that Sarkozy convinced the then president of the FIFA UEFA, Michel Platini, to support Qatar and no to the United States, as they had agreed up to that point.
To this was added that on that occasion two World Cups were attributed to a blow, that of 2018, which fell on Russia – which was also chosen by Spain and Portugal in a joint candidacy– and that of 2022, for which the favorite was the United States but which finally stayed with Qatar.
Blatter pointed out that about the Qatari World Cup they weighed many questions, such as the size of the country or the dates on which the competition should be held, since in summer it is too hot.
“I thought that so much danger would not jeopardize our agreement in principle to attribute the two World Cups to Russia and the United States “, said.
But Sarkozy’s intervention, he added, “changed everything”According to the former president of FIFA, who does not rule out that “money circulated” throughout that operation, without directly accusing anyone.
“In decisions as important as the attribution of a World Cup it is very possible that the money circulates and that someone puts it in their pocket “, said Blatter, who considered that the investigation opened by FIFA to detect it was not “sufficiently strict”.
“Without Sarkozy’s last minute intervention on Platini, Qatar would never have had the World Cup”, said the former president of FIFA, who linked this support to the purchase of the PSG by a sovereign fund of the emirate and “the great economic activities between Qatar and France.”
“It is the first time that a political intervention changes a great decision of the soccer“, he said, while reiterating that” on the social and climatic level it was a great mistake to give the World Cup to Qatar. ”