FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted for the first timethat awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar may have been a mistake.
Blatter has said on several occasions that he wants his executive committee to change the tournament towinter, as temperatures can reach 50°C in Qatar on June and July, which will be discussed at a board meeting on October 3rd.
Changing the proposed schedule has led to several calls for the vote on the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to be reopened, with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore telling Sky Sports News last month that “FIFA can’t decide to change it”.
“On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities. The World Cup is FIFA’s biggest, if not only, global event. Who are we, the Europeans, to demand that this event has to cater to the needs of 800 million Europeans?
We must accept that football has moved away from being European and South American sport, it has become an international sport that billions of fans are excitedly following every week, everywhere.” He said.
Regarding to his plan to switch the event to winter, the Swiss admitted “After many discussions, deliberations and critical review of the entire matter, I reached a conclusion that playing the World Cup in the heat of Qatar’s summer was simply not a responsible thing to do.
First, we need to see whether the owner of the FIFA World Cup – FIFA – actually agrees with my recommendation. Once the Executive Committee of FIFA has agreed to that, we can take the next step which will include a close look at the international calendar and to establish what consequences the change would have.