The decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake” because of the high summer temperatures there, Fifa President Sepp Blatter has said.
In an interview with the Swiss television channel RTS Mr Blatter said: “We made a mistake. A mistake. You know we make lots of mistakes in life.
“The technical report from Qatar indicated that it is too hot in summer but the executive committee, with a pretty substantial majority still decided that we will play in Qatar.”
Temperatures can reach 50C in the summer months, and the possibility of the tournament being moved has been mooted.
Mr Blatter said it was “probable, in fact it’s even more than probable” that the event will be played in the winter.
An official decision is due at the end of this year.
The Arab state’s successful bid for the tournament has also been the subject of numerous allegations of corruption.
But Mr Blatter insisted Qatar had not “bought” the World Cup: “No. I will never say they bought it,” he said.
Fifa shocked many when it awarded the tournament to Qatar ahead of the likes of the US and South Korea.
Since then, there have been a number of controversies surrounding the upcoming tournament.
In an interview with Sky News last year, Fifa’s head inspector said the 2022 decision was a mistake…. see more