Sepp Blatter Says U.S. Was Supposed To Get 2022 World Cup, Not Qatar
If and when Sepp Blatter does finally go away for good (I suspect that garlic and a wooden stake will somehow be involved), then perhaps he'll start dishing all the inside dirt on FIFA and its shnenigans. That will be a very interesting day.
But until then (an election for a new FIFA president is scheduled for February), we're just going to get tidbits. One of those: The U.S. was only four votes away from getting the 2022 World Cup bid, and had it, until four votes from Europe mysteriously swung over to Qatar during the 2010 voting process. CBS Sports:
In a Q&A with Russian media outlet TASS, Blatter also said that Russia hosting was agreed upon before the vote took place. Fishy. Here's what Blatter told the publication.
"In 2010 we had a discussion of the World Cup and then we went to a double decision. For the World Cups it was agreed that we go to Russia because it's never been in Russia, eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers. And everything was good until the moment when [former French president Nicolas] Sarkozy came in a meeting with the crown prince of Qatar, who is now the ruler of Qatar (Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani).
"And at a lunch afterwards with [UEFA president Michel] Platini, he said it would be good to go to Qatar. And this has changed [the entire] pattern. There was an election by secret ballot. Four votes from Europe went away from the USA and so the result was fourteen to eight. If you put the four votes, it would have been twelve to ten. If the USA was given the World Cup, we would only speak about the wonderful World Cup 2018 in Russia and we would not speak about any problems at FIFA."
So in other words, Blatter is trying to rehabilitate his image by saying that it was others in FIFA -- chiefly UEFA president Platini -- who are responsible for shady, crooked dealings, not him.
Blatter was suspended by the FIFA ethics committee last month -- a suspension that will last until January 2, which is one month before his successor is elected. Weird.
Platini, who has also been suspended, announced that he would run for president in the upcoming election to replace Blatter.
To put this in a North American context, it's kind of like having Alex Rodriguez and Pete Rose running for Major League Baseball commissioner, instead of just making us all sick as analysts on Fox Sports.
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