Fifa: Sepp Blatter says pressure behind Qatar & World Cup votes

Sepp Blatter

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.

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