Temperatures in the Arab state can reach 50 degrees in the summer months and it is believed the tournament will be
moved to the winter to avoid matches taking place in such heat.
When asked, in an interview with Swiss TV channel RTS, if it was an error to award Qatar the World Cup, 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.”
Blatter insisted however that Qatar had not “bought” the World Cup – the bid did spend large amounts of money on
sponsorship and development programmes.
He added: “No, I have never said it was bought, but that it was due to political considerations.”
Fifa’s secretary general Jerome Valcke has previously said the tournament will not be held from June to July,
suggesting instead that it take place “between November 15 and January 15 at the latest”.