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FIFA Calls Awarding Qatar the World Cup a ‘Mistake,’ Then Walks It Back

You see, Qatar as a host was a mistake because it’s hot in the Middle East in the summer, not because of anything else. Via Sky News:

FIFA says reports claiming Sepp Blatter referred to the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar as a mistake have been taken out of context.

The governing body’s president spoke to reporters from Swiss television station RTS in Lausanne and was asked if FIFA had made an error by awarding the showpiece tournament to the Gulf state in light of the sweltering summer heat.

Blatter replied by saying: “Yes of course, you know everyone makes mistakes in life. The technical report into Qatar said clearly it was too hot but the executive committee — with a large majority — decided all the same to play it in Qatar.”

But FIFA has moved quickly to clarify Blatter’s comments, claiming the 78-year-old was merely stating it was impractical to organise a summer World Cup in Qatar due to the searing heat.

A FIFA statement read: “As explained in his answer to the journalist, the president reiterated that the decision to organise the World Cup in summer was an ‘error’ based on the technical assessment report of the bid, which had highlighted the extremely hot temperatures in summer in Qatar.

“At no stage did he question Qatar as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

The rest here.

It’s not just the heat, thought. Qatar is under fire from recent investigations into “slave” labor used to get Qatar ready for 2022. I wonder if the workers get days off in the summer, when it’s too hot?

Maybe it’s time to ask if any FIFA decision makes sense.

The World Cup this year is in Rio de Janeiro, where tourists are being told not to scream while getting mugged. And 2018’s World Cup is in Russia

It looks like we’ll be criticizing FIFA and it’s choice of soccer venues for years to come. 

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