“There was a noble agreement in the FIFA Executive Committee that the 2018 World Cup for Russia and the 2022 World Cup for the United States,” Blatter said, speaking to AFP.
He continued, “There has been political interference to grant the right to host the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, that’s all. In this type of decision, high-level political interference takes place. ”
According to his account, he affirmed that it was up to the French government to intervene during the reign of former President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, during a lunch with his citizen, Michel Platini, who was then a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.
He confirmed that Platini, the former star of the French national football team, had confessed to voting for Qatar, and that he had changed his mind even before this lunch.
The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the authorities in France assigned the investigation file to grant Qatar the organization of the 2020 World Cup to the judiciary after the public prosecutor opened a judicial investigation into the case file.
In a investigative investigation of the French newspaper, it revealed that a lunch in 2015 led Qatar to enter the sports “diplomacy”, acquire the exclusive right to broadcast matches and organize several international events.
The French newspaper pointed out that the luxurious lunch was gathered at the Elysee Palace by “Sarkozy” and former UEFA president Michel Platini, the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad, who was crown prince at the time, and former foreign minister Hamad bin Jassim, and concluded an agreement granting Qatar organizing the World Cup Finals, buying the French Paris Saint-Germain club and obtaining the exclusive right to broadcast matches for the Qatar BN Sports group.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged former FIFA officials, especially from South America, with receiving bribes in order to vote for Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, which was denied by Blatter, who took over the FIFA presidency for a while. 17 years until 2015 and arrested until 2022, due to corruption cases.