Blatter aims to rectify the mistake made over Qatar…
Fifa President Sepp Blatter has vowed that there will be future human-rights criteria assessments for countries bidding to host the World Cup after the controversy of Qatar 2022, reports CaughtOffside.
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Fifa’s confirmation that Qatar had been awarded the 2022 World Cup led many to believe that, with so many controversies surrounding the country’s ability to host the tournament, bribery had taken place between the Qatar bid committee and FIFA.
Heavy criticism came from the media, sporting experts and human-rights groups who highlighted such major concerns as the country’s limited football history, the cost expectancy, climate worries and their human-rights record.
Now Blatter has stated that there will be new criteria in assessing hosts of future World Cup’s – starting with the tournament in 2026:
“I will tell you, that human rights and other rights will be part of the basic conditions to organise the competition. That will be new for the next World Cup – the World Cup 2026,” the 78-year-old said.
Blatter has openly admitted that the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup tournament was a mistake made by Fifa, and vows that such an error is a one-off:
“2 December 2010, I will never forget this date where we have made the decision for two World Cups, which was wrong,” he continued.
“We have also taken the decision later on that it will be the congress that will elect the designated World Cup organiser and the list of requirements.”