Only an earthquake can change decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Blatter

AFP , Friday 19 Dec 2014

Sepp Blatter
FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives for a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Only an "earthquake" can change FIFA's decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Friday.

"It would really need an earthquake, extremely important new elements to go back on this World Cup in Qatar," Blatter told a press conference after the FIFA executive committee agreed to release a report on alleged corruption surrounding the tournaments awarded to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Qatar in particular has faced accusations over its bidding for the tournament but has strongly denied any wrongdoing.

"At the current time, there is no reason to go back on our decisions. The two World Cups are in the calendar, the only thing missing is the precise dates for 2022, but these two World Cups will take place," Blatter told the press conference, speaking in German.

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