In a shock announcement that has stunned the football world, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has suggested that it was a “mistake” to award Qatar with the 2022 World Cup. Speaking to Swiss Channel RTS, the seventy eight year old admitted that the executive committee had ignored the warnings of the “technical report”, which indicated that the country would be “too hot in summer.”
Blatter, who has recently staked his claim for a fifth consecutive term as FIFA’s President, accepted blame but astonishingly defended his actions by stating “one makes a lot of mistakes in life.” It just turns out that some are slightly bigger than others.
Sporting figures and journalists all reacted in “surprise” to Blatter’s admission.
I see good old Sepptic Blatter has figured out football in Qatar in July might have issues! Genius that man!
— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) May 16, 2014
Blatter admits it was a mistake to award WC to @Qatar in ’22 as it’s too hot in summer. You have one decision to make every 4 years! HELP!!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 16, 2014
Sepp Blatter tells Swiss press that giving 2022 WorldCup to Qatar was “a mistake”. In other news, one-legged duck seen swimming in circles
— Des Kelly (@DesKellyBTS) May 16, 2014
Blatter says giving World Cup to Qatar “a mistake”. More breaking news…bears build latrines in forested areas
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 16, 2014
Despite Blatter’s water-tight defence of his actions, football fans on Twitter were critical of FIFA’s President.
Sepp Blatter admits handing 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a mistake but remains confident about 2026 hosts Mordor.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 16, 2014
Sepp Blatter admits mistake about WC in Qatar. “It was actually Saudi Arabia who’d payed the biggest bribe but they all look alike to me.”
— yaya toure (@YayaToure_) May 16, 2014
Blatter says it was a mistake to choose Qatar because of the heat. To be fair it’s only really got hot there over the last couple of years.
— Copland Front (@CoplandFront) May 16, 2014
Blatter on awarding W Cup to Qatar despite searing heat: “Everyone makes mistakes”. Makes it sound equivalent to forgetting to put bins out.
— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) May 16, 2014
Sepp Blatter has already admitted awarding the World Cup to Qatar was a mistake. He’s just never said it’s his mistake. Welcome to politics.
— Zack Goldman (@ThatDamnYank) May 16, 2014
As it stands though, there are currently no plans to suggest that the 2022 World Cup will be moved to a more suitable location. But then again, who knew Qatar gets hot in the summer?