17 May 2014

Qatar World Cup a mistake: Blatter

12:41 pm on 17 May 2014

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted it was a mistake to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, because of the country's sweltering summertime climate.

When asked if it was a mistake choosing the Middle East country because of its high temperatures during the summer months, Blatter said in an interview with Swiss RTS station: "Yes, of course."

"You know, everyone makes mistakes in life," he added.

The average temperature tops 40 in June and July, when World Cup finals usually take place.

Blatter says it's more than likely that the 2022 World Cup will be played in winter, when temperatures in Qatar are around 25.