Sepp Blatter: Awarding Qatar World Cup was 'a mistake'

Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body Fifa, has said awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was "a mistake" because of the extreme heat players will face in the Gulf state.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has questioned the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar. Credit: Associated Press

Speaking to Swiss channel RTS, Mr Blatter said: "Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one makes a lot of mistakes in life.

"The technical report indicated clearly that it was too hot in summer, but despite that the executive committee decided with quite a big majority that the tournament would be in Qatar."