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Sepp Blatter makes 2022 WC admission

September 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted politics played a part in the choice to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter
GettyImagesSepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup to take place in the winter.

The decision has caused much controversy, with matches having to be played in temperatures of up to 50 degrees if the tournament takes place in the summer.

As a result, Blatter has confirmed he will request that the competition be held in the winter, and has the support of UEFA president Michel Platini.

When asked if Qatar had been chosen by world football's governing body based on considerations other than sport, Blatter told Die Zeit: "Yes, there was definitely direct political influence.

"European leaders recommended to its voting members to opt for Qatar, because of major economic interests in the country."

Blatter has previously conceded that awarding Qatar the World Cup was something of a mistake.

And with rumours of corruption still circulating around the decision, the FIFA chief said: "We have just set up a new, independent ethics commission to re-examine the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar."

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