French and German presidents applied political pressure prior to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, according to Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
He alleges ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart Christian Wulff sought to influence voting before Qatar and Russia were chosen as respective hosts in 2010.
Blatter, 79, said: “That is the reason why we now have a World Cup in Qatar.”
The voting process is now under investigation by the Swiss prosecutors.
He added: “Those who decided this should also take the responsibility.”
Blatter announced on 2 June he would step down from the presidencyat world football’s governing body at an extraordinary congress to be held between December and March.