World Cup 2022: Awarding Qatar the tournament was a mistake, says former Fifa president Sepp Blatter


Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake”.

Blatter, 86, was president of world football’s governing body when Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010.

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

Blatter said he was “right” to have said at the time that the tournament “should not go” to Qatar for 2022.

The Swiss was speaking on upcoming BBC Radio 5 Live podcast series Power Play – The House of Sepp Blatter about the decision to award Qatar the World Cup.