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Sepp Blatter admits awarding 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake'

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter admits it was a ‘mistake’ to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

The 86-year-old was the head of football’s world governing body when Qatar controversially won the vote in 2010.

But Blatter, who was forced to resign in 2015 after the FBI opened investigations into alleged corruption at FIFA, now concedes that Qatar is ‘too small’ to host the tournament and feels the Unites States should have won the vote for 2022.

‘The choice of Qatar was a mistake,’ Blatter told Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.

‘At the time, we actually agreed in the executive committee that Russia should get the 2018 World Cup and the USA that of 2022.

‘It would have been a gesture of peace if the two long-standing political opponents had hosted the World Cup one after the other.

‘It’s too small a country. Football and the World Cup are too big for that.’

With the World Cup due to start in less than two weeks, Amnesty International say that human rights abuses in Qatar continue to ‘persist on a significant scale’.

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