January 7th, 2011
02:27 PM ET

Have your say on Blatter’s decisions

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter had a busy year as the boss of world football in 2010.
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter had a busy year as the boss of world football in 2010.

CNN sat down with FIFA president Sepp Blatter for an exclusive interview on January 11.

It's been a landmark year for FIFA, world football's governing body, and consequently a hectic twelve months for the organization's president Sepp Blatter.

In 2010 alone, the 74-year-old saw his long-held ambition for Africa to stage a World Cup come to fruition, while the decision over which countries would stage the 2018 and 2022 editions of the event were also settled.

A key tenet of Blatter's leadership has always been to move football into new territories, and by voting for Russia and Qatar to stage the event respectively, FIFA’s executive committee ensured new backdrops for the biggest show in world soccer for the coming years.

The Club World Cup - a FIFA-run competition for domestic sides - saw European champions Inter Milan defeat African hopefuls TP Mazembe to be crowned the planet's best by Blatter, marking a triumphant end to the year in Qatar for the Swiss administrator.

But though marked by success, 2010 was also a year of controversy for soccer's sentinel body. The question of goal line technology was raised once again at the 2010 World Cup. A legitimate goal scored by England's Frank Lampard was not recognized by the referee in a knockout game against Germany. This incident sparked calls for the introduction of a system that would finally help referees make the right decisions in goal line situations.

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The voting process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids also proved highly controversial. Two reports from British-based media, The Times and the BBC, made allegations that two of the executive committee took bribes for their vote; both were subsequently suspended, fined and prevented from casting their ballot.

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The England bid, despite gaining good feedback throughout the assessment process, garnered only two votes in the final count; a figure which further angered a bid team who felt their chances had been affected by the reporting of their domestic media.

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The selection of Qatar as a World Cup host has also proved a talking point among football fans around the world. The country’s size and the June-July temperatures in the Middle East have seen the media and fans question the choice.

As a result Blatter himself says he now expects the 2022 tournament to occur in the months of November, December or January. A move that would be innovative - in as much as it would be the first World Cup to be played at this time - but that may well provoke opposition from the major domestic leagues of Europe, especially the English Premier League, who have a congested and lucrative fixture period during this time.

The job of presiding over the most popular game in the world is never going to be easy, but what do you think of Blatter's decisions in 2010? Add your vote and comment to the page before CNN's interview with FIFA's president on January 11.

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  1. kasonde

    fifa r joke, wc in January wont be accepted by the clubs in Europe. most of them have winter breaks and champions league games in early February .

    the big clubs will refuse 2 let their star players leave and i dont think clubs would be happy for the league to be stopped and re-start in April ,plus most leagues end in 2022 would end in July if this happens.

    The other important thing is r not machines most clubs in Europe have winter breaks.

    Australia or usa should have got 2022, fifa is now suggesting that Qater may share with its neighbouri­ng countries.

    clubs r more powerful than the clubs Fifa should know this, clubs pay the players not the football associations and FIFA ( Federation of International Fraud Association) should know that unless they want the Asians 2 win the wc cuz most European teams will refuse to let their bet player go.

    also Sepp "Mob Boss" Blatter want to reduce the number of teams in leagues .Its time we have a new football governing body b4 this war-lord Sepp Blatter destroys the beautiful game completely.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  2. langed

    We, as a family of football (soccer) fans, have lost all respect for Mr. Blatter. He does not act in the interest of football as a sport but in the interest of who lines his pockets with the most money. The man is corrupt. The FIFA orginization is no better. It knowingly encourages and promotes the continued corruption.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  3. Mahmoud Agami

    Why was 2018 and 2022 events were chosen so early? Gives the sense that the candidates were on a rush and the time was squeezed in totally.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  4. Mark

    Sepp Blatter is a disgrace, self preservation is high on his agenda. Football comes second for him and his croonies.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  5. mohammed jelani

    Mr, Blatter became the hero of the 3rd world, the developing world, the arabs. the man of the century. the man with fair decisions, accountablity, transparent. it was a dream for the black continnent to host the huge soccer festival of the world cup. it was a complete dream for the arab and muslem world to be the hots of the 2022 world cup of the desert. but all these occasions and dreams became true and tangible under the leadership of the swis and figue man, blatter! blatter is teaching the wostern world the lead the rest of the world politically, diplomatically, economical like his leadership tactics. he wants the world of soccer/foot ball or sport to be the model for the world's politics.
    using this apportunity, i, on behalf of all muslems and arabs would like to thank very muchely, Mr blatter for his dedication and strong standing and decision with the poor and developing world.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  6. Edward

    I think this is a terrible choice of location.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  7. SA

    It was "NOT" on the first place the right decision to host the world cup either in russia or qatar.

    For qatar, i would suggest them to held it in JORDAN / LEBANON where the climate is better than other gulf countries or middie east.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  8. mohammed jelani

    i don't care of the so called FIFA corruptions. but any way, blatter is seem very brave, strong, fair, just in his decisions. he prefer qatar to US!? as a result he made obama furious, nervious, and angry. then, he was able to make Mr, obama calm by just offering him small gifts, a number of foot balls for his kids. look is this not a wisdom men!
    so, that means sepp is a hero of our world's sports.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  9. Damian

    The awarding of the WC to Russian Qatar respectively has more to do with which country has the most gas and oil rather than which country is best equipped to host the event.

    Since when do both countries with the worst technical bid win consecutive bids? When those two countries have gas and oil money on their side.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  10. Martin

    I assume that Blatter forgot the 2022 Winter Olympics are to be held during February. It's hard to imagine that TV stations will be able to cover the FIFA World Cup in January 2022 and the 2022 Olympics one month later.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  11. Ueli Leutwyler

    Dear Mark, dear langed...I agree with you 100% Blatter was always this kind of man and will be not better in the future...to bad for the Soccer and for the Show...

    January 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  12. Robert

    The sooner the big countries form a new "Football world cup"
    (not soccer as the uneducated call it) the better.
    Once they do the little clubs will join and still want to be involved in the competion even if its never at there home grounds.
    Blatter states he was given the small nations a chance?/
    What about letting England who would have been sharing it with Scotland a small football nation but with incredible support and 2 of the biggest clubs in the world!!
    Please everyone don't give up this fight.
    Corruption is the greatest sin in this world and distroys millions of peoples lives. Some people do say Football is a matter of life or death to them. But every real fan knows its far more important than that!!

    January 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  13. Ben Grables

    Blatter is a disgrace. Goal line technology is not only a necessity... witness Blatter's referees at the last WC... but long long overdue. And while we're at it, Blatter's cronies should be tarred and feathered along with him. There is simply too much at stake in the business of football to continue to allow people like Blatter and his mates to help themselves to the pot.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  14. Mohammed

    Money, Money, Money, thats all thats counts for Mister Blatter

    January 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  15. Daniel

    Blatter is a disgrace for the sport (and I am saying this as a Swiss).
    First of all, it was stupid to allocate the WC to Qatar, as this country has as much in common with football as Switzerland with camel races. It is obvious that lots of millions have been moved around on bank accounts because no sane person would give the WC to such a country in the desert, where there is no football culture, and there never will be one.
    The WC could have gone the GCC as a whole, ok, but not to a desert island.
    Further, the Qatari bid for 2022 was for the summer, so FIFA has to stick to it. Otherwise, maybe other countries could have proposed a bid for the winter. I don't think it is legally possible to move the WC without a new vote, if it is, it is a mafia like organisation. I hope the US and Australia will take legal actions against FIFA if the WC is moved to the winter.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  16. graham mackenzie

    is there nothing which we football fans can do.
    can you imagine standing outside in the freezing cold watching a game.
    can you imagine not been able to chuck your grill on.
    teams should boycott the games in 2022.
    can,t we football fans collect signatures over the internet, to get rid of these cronies.
    we are so helpless we can,t do anything, and they live from our money.
    let us fans unite to get rid of blatter and the rest of the corrupt team.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  17. Lester

    Mr Blatter is the best FIFA President ever. He understands the sport unlike many others that care to speak on this forum. And yes, it is a shock but the world is not centered on the US, at least not the soccer/football world. FIFA does not think how many more pennies they could make by giving the WC to England/US, but what is the interest of the game, long term. Thank you FIFA! Thank you MR. Blatter!

    January 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  18. James Beaumont

    Most people in England agree that Russia will be exciting but Qatar is worrying. My concern, if not Blatter's, is how many asian and arab workers are going to died or be injured building the facilities in such heat? Has anyone considered this and the appauling working conditions. There is nothing to look forward too in 2022 if the plight of the slave workers is examined.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  19. Rodolfo Benitez

    He is a mafioso,and probably is also subject to being bribe

    January 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  20. bnt_qatar

    its a reale shame that people cant support eachother, for one thing sports is the only thing that can bring people together, in 11 years so much can happen, and yes qatar will be able to pull it of, if you look at the asia cup qatar has organized its a huge success, and this only means that thw world cup will be an even bigger success,
    Sometimes we cant all get what we want, but we got to live with the things that happen, people should really give qatar a chance

    January 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  21. Phil

    I think you might ask him who he thinks he is accountable to. FIFA seems to position itself outside of any scrutiny yet its influence is strong and it demands huge sums from governments and commercial bodies too. Whether its influence is benign or not, who does he feel should be entitled to hold FIFA to account?

    January 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  22. oni adelowo

    I support their decision.

    January 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  23. Robert

    Why did the FIFA choose two locations at this one vote.
    Reason so the old farts can take the money now as they know they would not be on the commitee next time because they will be retired
    or dead. Which is a real possability for many of us. But we can't let this WC happen in Qatar.
    keep protesting and let the kids know not to support it in the future.
    Say no to corruption

    January 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  24. rad

    I think it is mostly Americans and europeans that are pissed about Blatter and what he trys to do for football.

    January 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  25. Saber

    I do believe that Sepp Blatter is the man for the for the world number 1 game. His efforts really has added more excitement & joy to the game. And for the first time the world cup will be hosted in new region such as Russia & Qatar which will a social credit to the atmosphere of the Football sport . FIFA has prove in the recent world cup in South Africa it is an organization that help the people of the world, for more harmony, economically & more expected to be done in the following years especially in the upcoming digital decade, where fans are enjoying the spirit of the game through different Media & Technological facilities, where job opportunities will raise, tourism & travel industry will flourish. The institution of the Football game is a moral social organization that with peace & competition bring the people of the world into one goal. That we are Human Being with our diversity love peace & prosperity. I am personally wish him the best in all of his efforts. I hope him a come wonderful term of presidency.

    January 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  26. F1action92

    Let's face it. We know that world football is already facing the roughest of times since the great depression of the thirties, when the first WC was held in Uruguay then Europe. But with the unfair play syndrome as i call it, as theorised by Manuel Santos (SPA – The youngest referee in football history for the Moscow '93 European Olympic Games), modern, yet continuously improving technology has minimised the common playing habits, but the rules are the same since the first ever match in existence was played, and the GL (Goal line) technology will be essential for new and underexperienced referees in taking decisions on the toughest of all, goal allowing practices.

    And for the 2018/2022 host countries, i don't care nothing about it. If the US failed in hosting them, they must keep trying until their wills fade out for good, but keep it in June/July as we've adapted, no player will play during winter, not even the fans, coaches or even the referees/linemen/officials.

    And for the voting, reestablish the same method we've had since the late 1940's, where it takes during each EuroCup/Olympic year. Up until Puerto Rico gets chosen to host the 2054/2130 editions. One to celebrate the FIFA's 150 years, and the other, the World Cup's 200th birthday

    January 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  27. alex

    I have to say, I used to believe Blatter was supporting old traditions of football, he ignores any kind of technology in sport, but gave two world cups to the least qualified nations, and now wants to run world cup in winter. Why is that some "traditions" can be altered, and more important one, such as cheating, diving, etc. are "part of the game"???

    January 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  28. John Rynecki

    Qatar got the bid. Now they should have to deal with it in the summer, just like any other country that would have gotten the bid.

    There is too much at stake for clubs if they were to just stop for a world cup in January; money and player health/rest most of all! Many players have up to a month off before a summer world cup, so would the clubs just end in November? No, I don't think so.

    England of all other countries would be screwed, royally. But of course, FIFA does NOT care about England...at all.

    January 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  29. Skeletor

    Fifa is an utter disgrace. Sepp Blatter should be shot.

    January 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  30. Busayo

    Qatar is an oil- and gas-rich nation, with the third largest gas reserves,and the first highest GDP per capita in the world. Take the world cup there. These guys are *ucking rich pls.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  31. John

    The 80%+ average vote against FIFA policy and decisions in your reader surveys strongly suggests severe loss of FIFA credibility with the core audience of football – the people who pay for the whole spectacle. I respect and support FIFA's wish to take football into emerging markets – I know from family experience of the amazing interest in European football in Africa. However, the core audience are disenchanted with FIFA, which is widely seen to be a corrupt and self-serving clique that awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup for all the wrong reasons. Can CNN please ask Mr Blatter if he is aware of the dangers to the game because of FIFA's loss of the trust of fans, clubs, and national associations in Europe? There would be widespread support in Europe for a break-away organisation based on the interests of clubs and fans. A combination of say the English and the Benelux associations to form this would attract instant support from the fans and the media and enough other countries eg Spain and Portugal would be interested. How is Mr Blatter to convince us that FIFA is capable of cleaning up its act?

    January 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  32. Marsol

    They knew about the hot weather issue BEFORE the vote. Why do they now pretend to come up with the idea of hosting it in winter to accomodate Qatar? Just because they have the money to buy FIFA? They never ever did it for any other country. It smells rotten..

    January 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  33. Amos Onyeakagbuna

    Well as for those two countries hosting the world cup,there is no problem on it cos every country has every right to do so. Lets not denial them that opportunity or right,but should encourage and support them in every possible way. Fifa president's leadership is good making sure that there is not favouritism in hosting of world cups. Keep on the good work sir.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  34. Cristian David

    I don;t know , and I don;t care if Mr Blatter got some money from chosing Qatar as host for WC. However , people , it is a WORLD CUP.
    It is not an European Championship , it is not even an Intercontinental one.
    Counting back how many Worldcups had place in Europe and south America , I would not chose Europe for the next 100 years and South America for the next 60.
    So , we still need to see some South Asia , Australia, maybe again North America and Africa.
    After that we can start thinking of coming back to the hungry Europe....
    And I'm an European saying this.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  35. Mike

    Blatter is an idiot and a man like him from a very small country like Switzerland should have never been in charge of the FIFA..He is too corrupted and should get lost. We should blast him off once for all this old goat.He is almost 75 and he won't make it in 12 years time in Qatar.He will be gone long time before that.

    January 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  36. T Grant

    Why do you want the WC? We had it in South Africa and everybody had a good time especially the politicians. Fifa took its profit a few companies got rich building stadiums and now we, the taxpayers must pay for roads that got upgraded. Half the stadiums will not be used and are too expensive to maintain. Fifa profited the most.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  37. Footbal player

    Soccer is envolved in MAFIA affairs all around the world. Its one of the most used instruments to "clean" dirty money coming from drugs, prostitution, etc. Players´agents are controlling actually the competitions, like LFP in Spain with Bahía Internacional Agency that its the owner of an LFP club: SD Huesca. FIFA and UEFA they have to cut the dangerous way the soccer its taking. They have to return to have a real SPORT, not an absolutely money machine closer to criminal affairs than a clear play.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  38. Stefano Prina

    Blatter's "despot" like style of making decisions should be responded by the major European football countries boycotting the Qatar WC. Unfair to Qatar? Perhaps. But this is becoming ridiculous! Blatter does not seem to care a fig about others' opinions. Well. Let's hit where it'll hurt most. The WC purse!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  39. Michael

    FIFA makes big business, there is big money at stake, and they don't even have to pay taxes for their earnings... i don't see why this should be justified...
    Mr Blatter is suspicious to me, like all persons are, who cling to power for such a long period of time. He missed the point of stepping down a long time ago...
    On the other hand, i guess he really earns credit for pumping money from the north to the african continent, i believe his engagement for the underprivileged is genuine. Unfortunately, he preceded in a way, that opened the doors wide for corruption...

    January 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  40. riviera

    what I'd like to know is how much Blatter got from the Russians for,

    a) giving them 2018

    b) denying it to the US in 2022

    Question: Did he–and his cronies through him–get more, or less,

    than 20 million euros?

    January 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  41. David

    Blatter needs to do honourable thing, for the sake of football, and not stand for re-election. He's one of the most hated figures in football, and i mean by the actual football fans. He is holding the beautiful game back by refusing to use any form of technology and his handling of the 2018 and 2022 WC bids was scandulous, leaving himself and executive committee wide open for allegations of corruption, rightly or wrongly.

    Unfortunately he appears to have made himself bullet proof as anyone who challenges his authority is quickly removed from the executive committee, as witnessed recently with AFC VP elections.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  42. Timothy

    Until today I haven't met a person that could explain me why Qatar should host the World Cup. During winter time seems it impossible since it will completely split Europe's seasons. During the summer it seems impossible due to the climate, and what about the fans? Thanks for giving us a brutal +40 degrees.... Or will they cover whole Qatar with a sunscreen with airconditioning?

    Sad to say, but Fifa lost every bit of its credibility after this election.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  43. Munther

    Choosing Russia was OK.

    Choosing Qatar was the single most terrible decision ever in sports or in any field. There is absolutely no justification for a tiny country like Qatar to organise the football world cup. Not the demographics, not the sports potential, nothink spoke or speaks for Qatar. Fifa and Blatter get an F for failure on that decision. Demographically speaking,

    When Uruguay organised the World Cup they were (and still are) serious contenders....Qatar has no chance. Not in this millenium

    I used to be a soccer fan. In 2022, I'll head to Mongolia to escape the coverage of the World cup

    January 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  44. Steve Leong

    Please don't talk about Qatar hosting the World Cup in the winter time in 2012 when they should never have won the bid anywhere. They just lost to Ubekistan 2-0 in the Asian Cup today and now they get a free ride into the World Cup finals in 2012

    January 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  45. Brian Hunt

    Blatter does NOT do what is best for football, but only what is best for Blatter. He hand picks his 'executive' committee, rules them with the proverbial rod of iron, and dumps on any disagreement.
    The man is a despot and the cancer within the world sport of football and should be removed by any means possible without delay.
    The farcical choices of Russia and Qatar go against world opinion and are not the choice of football supporters – those people who buy tickets and go to watch matches.
    He selected those countries to increase his TV revenues, and possibly his own pocket – when is an investigative journalist going to research this man and his money?

    January 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  46. Jeff

    In addition to Martin's comment about competing with the Winter Olympics, in America, who is a huge, profitable market, you will also be going directly head-to-head with the NFL playoffs, should the competition. With three major competitions happening in such a short, how do you expect anywhere near the coverage that the World Cup would deserve, or is there not enough money to be made of an American TV market?

    January 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  47. usa

    thats way i love qatar , only because the americans hate her

    January 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  48. Prince olalekan Adejobi

    the word cup 2022 is for london

    January 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  49. Jim Wood

    FIFA in its current format fails to reflect the game, it needs to be reformed or replaced. Voting,for host nation, should be replaced with a straightforward draw from 5 approved applicant nations. Winning nation to be excluded from future draws for say 25 years.Goal line technology is essential in the modern professioal game.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  50. Charles

    The bid for Qatar in 2022 was based upon the tournament being played in the summer. The bidding team from Qatar stated that they could host the tournament in the summer. To now try and move the tournament in the winter should be considered an admission that Qatar is not capable of hosting the tournament AS ORIGINALLY BID!! This should also be the case if rumors of having some of the games played in other countries in the region is true.

    Mr. Blatter has gone on record stating the he does not like having a World Cup tournament split between two countries. To allow the 2022 World Cup to played in Qatar and other countries in the region would just be another example of the hypocrisy that seems to continually come from Mr. Blatter and FIFA.

    Even assuming for the sake of argument that 2022 will be played in several countries in the Gulf, how does Mr. Blatter propose to deal with the Muslim ban on alcohol? He may be able to get a waiver/exemption or creating special zones where booze can be served in Qatar but other countries in the region where games could be played (with the possible exception of Dubai) are far more conservative and would probably not agree to such an arrangement.

    There is also no answer as to how to handle Qatar's modesty laws. Do you really think that Qatari citizens are going to be happy to see scantily clad Brazilian and other Latin American (and European for that matter) women cavorting in the stadiums and cities during the tournament? We won't even get into if games are played in other countries in the region.

    The process by which nations are selected fro World Cups is a perfect breeding ground for corruption. In order to get the Cup to South Africa FIFA (or Blatter, they pretty much one and the same) went to a continental rotation basis. Only when it comes time, under the rotation, for the games to go to North America (2018) then he decides to open the bidding world wide again. Then when the bidding for 2018 and 2022 comes around, the bids do NOT go to the countries which had, by all accounts, the best technical bids. They instead go to the countries that had, by all accounts, the riskiest technical bids.

    FIFA = Den of thieves!!

    January 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Reply

    Hello CNN.

    Please ask Mr Blatter why soccer sucks so intensly.
    Could you also ask Mr Blatter if he could put a ban on soccer all together, and also possibly making it a federal crime to mention the word "soccer" ever again in the media.


    January 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  52. henricus wouters

    the notion that qatar was going to be able to provide a suitable enviremont in outdoor stadiums for players and fans duriing the summer months was a lie from the outset. i live in phoenix az. and the summer temperatures here which are simular to qatar produce a blistering heat . it's impossible to play football here in the summer no matter what time of the day it is,nor would you want to be out there to watch. the fifa honcho's obviously knew this from the outset hence their voices suggestiing the change to the winter months. never mind the disruption to the entire soccer world in terms of the league competions. the so called fifa executives only care about their personal objectives. the entire process is and has been dictatorial and without regard to tradition and what's right for the game.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  53. arunals

    Blatter has good result to support Qatar as a World Cup host has also proved a talking point among football fans around the world.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:40 am | Reply
  54. Paul

    It;s time for Blatter to be replaced. He is trying to get votes from non-traditional soccer countries by extending them favors. How can
    you play a World Cup in the middle of league play? What is going to
    happen while a small amount of players is essentially training and most of
    the rest are losing their edge? What happens to the Champion league and the Europa league? Once the world cup players come back and play resumes how are you going to catch up with the schedules? How are
    the non-world cup players going to react to the fact that they have to
    extend their season by another month only to come back to next season's play with little or no rest. Playing in a country with no league, no tradition for soccer, and in temperature of 104 degrees is the craziest idea.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
  55. Abdalla

    They didnt want collusion, so why have the bidding of both 2018 and 2022 at the same time? I would like to hear Blatter's explanation for this.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:58 am | Reply
  56. NY Da

    FIFA is a corrupt gravy train – countries are "bribed" to vote certain ways with various promises of new facilities etc this has gone on for so long.

    The whole voting process is not transparent..why?? and even after a decision is made FIFA can change whatever they like... what, totally ridiculous?

    Despite this it is great Middle East got it for the "new world of the game...the game can bring people together and help break down preconceived perceptions and barriers.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:10 am | Reply
  57. tianzi49

    Now -a-days, the world of FIFA looks less like a democracy and more and more like an aristocracy. It looks less and less like a community of nations and more and more like a fiefdom of the few .It looks less like an open process but rather like a smoke filled backroom deals. Reform and progressiveness and transparency must be the rule of the day rather than an exception. As for Mr. Blatter, he is becoming more of a liability than an asset. Mr. Blatter, for the betterment of the sport and the organization please make an honorable exit when there is still a window to do that. Mr. Blatter, you are all spent so stop being a blot and a blemish but be a real sport and give us a real chance for breath of fresh air for a change. By the way, if by chqance you are gone, do please stay gone!

    January 8, 2011 at 1:17 am | Reply
  58. Paul Guckian

    Seeing how Blatter and FIFA treated Ireland before last years World Cup finals in South Africa is any thing a susprise with that man and the organization? He wanted France in the finals so he made sure they got there illegally!

    Blatter should resign or be voted out!

    January 8, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
  59. Jorgen Friis

    Judging from Blatter's long list of lacklustre performances culminating with his pathetic 2010 performance has been so bad that he, like any underperforming CEO would know, should be asked to leave. His lack of vision including his refusal to use technology as and when possible to make the game better and fairer is pathetic. I cannot wait for him to call it a day or for someone to help him along in making that decision, sooner rather than later

    January 8, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
  60. Aidan Cronnelly

    I want to know why he never let England know that the decision would be based upon expanding football to places with a lesser following... rather than let them spend £15 million on a lost cause.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Reply
  61. Izzy

    FIFA is corrupt!

    January 8, 2011 at 1:50 am | Reply
  62. ed San

    He thinks he is above the law and above god.

    January 8, 2011 at 2:00 am | Reply
  63. Elle Kaye

    I would like answers to the following questions:

    Why was Qatar so heavily elected by members of the FIFA voting team if

    A – The average temperature day and night is well over 35 degrees celsius – knowingly unhealthy for players, management and fans present

    B – Why was such little consideration given to the fans and what they want, and where they would like to go to watch the 2018 and 2022 World Cup? Why is it left up to a couple dozen greasy and corrupt men to make the decision that will shape a nation for the next decade?

    C – Why did such capable countries such as Australia be knocked out in the opening round of voting, a country with a strong economy, growing interest in football, perfect climate conditions, ideal travel and accommodation requirements and a country and area of the world that has never hosted the event barely be considered?

    Please also ask Mr Blatter, when he plans on retiring and mention that many people would recommend the sooner the better and he can take some of his money-hungry careless football pigs with him!

    January 8, 2011 at 2:16 am | Reply
  64. Omar

    FIFA decisions are only not respected when the voting results for the hosting rights come contrary to the expectations of the rich and the powerful... Such nations should respect that there are other peoples and countries that share this world with them!
    On the other hand, FIFA's main problem I think is the lack of technology in refereeing, normally one would expect that one wrong decision should be enough to change the process but apparently FIFA executives are way too slow in responding almost as though they like the games to stay flawed!

    January 8, 2011 at 2:28 am | Reply
  65. Saileroos

    Blatter and Fifa live on another planet, Playing football in winter is like Snow boarding in summer and top of that many Countries are Holidays. Must be the dumbest person

    January 8, 2011 at 3:19 am | Reply
  66. Swadeep Chansrichavala

    How can European leagues be expected to stop while World Cup runs during November to January. That is really a non sense. FIFA governing body really needs to be changed. Sepp Blatter has too much power in his hands and it can be seen clearly there are too much politics in his head. Platini is also no better than Sepp Blatter. They both are a disgraced to the football community.

    January 8, 2011 at 4:23 am | Reply
  67. Swadeep Chansrichavala

    While many has already criticized your decision I would like you to please elaborate on your idea of having world cup played in November through January.

    Have you though about the impact this would have on European leagues which are played during that time?

    January 8, 2011 at 4:28 am | Reply
  68. Duncan

    The FIFA's interest is making money and filling up their own individual pockets. This has to change and Sepp Blatter has to step down immediately. I am an Asean living in Malaysia and I can accept Russia winning but surely not Qatar.What rich football tradition do they have, leave alone the crazy heat there? I fully pity England's bid with one one vote. They were the ones who spill the beans and provided information on the sacking of the 2 executive FIFA members and they deserved to be selected.

    Don't worry about hooligan problems there, when the time comes for them to host the world cup the British citizens will surely behave as the entire world is watching them then. Sadly, they didn't win,

    January 8, 2011 at 4:40 am | Reply
  69. omemario

    That sepp need to step down He is a Dictator Last World cup so many mistakes and still he act like he is a GOD Get rid of this joke

    January 8, 2011 at 5:49 am | Reply
  70. omemario

    You are a Nuts Gabriel

    January 8, 2011 at 5:52 am | Reply
  71. Peter Morton

    Sepp Blatter wants to be elected president of FIFA yet again in 2011. True football fans everywhere say NO!

    Blatter is bad news for football. He stands single-handedly accused of botching World Cup 2010. Blatter is corrupt, a majority of people in Europe and around the world know this.

    For starters, he should never have become president. There is a lot of evidence that bribery was involved.

    Later, when the FIFA general secretary produced evidence about Blatter's misbehavior (over a separate matter), the general secretary was forced to resign. The only burning question is why Sepp Blatter is still in charge of FIFA. Some of this man’s comments are disgraceful, every time he talks there’s a scandal.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:10 am | Reply
  72. Vesuvius7

    Sepp Blatter is a disgrace. It's time for this dinosaur to step down. His refusal to adopt technology to help referees's decisions has deeply hurt the integrity of the sport, while he has allowed corruption to go unchecked in the FIFA. Awarding the World Cup to Qatar, a tiny nation with no history in football and extremely adverse weather conditions for the sport, was absurd.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:28 am | Reply
  73. Neeely

    I thought Qatar got it because they will build all these aircondioned stadiums that are powered by solar energy during that horrible summer and then all these stadiums are to be dissassmblled and sent to poor countries or some crap like that. What happened to all that???? FIFA really has the guts to announce that before people forget the original crazy justification for giving it to Qatar on first place

    January 8, 2011 at 7:31 am | Reply
  74. Rony

    I have seen and read most of the comments mentioned. Mr. Blatter seems to be man of this century. Football should not be the property of Imperial America, UK. I have been in the UAE for 10 years of time. I have seen the passion of the common people for this game. Australia does not consider soccer as their major sports. There will be huge loss if Australia ever organise this game in future. Uk and USA organised this game before. Now we should be rational and give a chance to Middle-East nation. Don't forget that these countries are supplying 65% of World's oil demand. You ungreatful white (KKK) racist people. Wait time will come and you will beg soon.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:34 am | Reply
  75. henrique

    FIFA has a total disregard of member countries laws . Every time a government wants to procecute or dicsipline errant association leaders for misuse of govt funds allocated to them – MaFIFA threatens sanctions.

    MaFIFA should commend the British media for exposing corrupt elements within their ranks, though Blatter thinks the only crime they have committed is being caught!

    January 8, 2011 at 8:12 am | Reply
  76. Proud Bahraini

    As a Bahraini first and an Arab second I was shocked when FIFA gave the 2022 to Qatar. I was expecting Australia to win it.

    The comments I have read since then have seriously upset me. Unfortunately the image Arabs have been portrayed in -in the West- has made us all look ignorant, backward and filthy-rich. This is not the case!

    You have all forgotten that Bahrain was the first GCC country to host the Formula One, and that Abu Dhabi followed us only last year. You have forgotten that Saudi Arabia hosted the first few FIFA confederations cup and you have all forgotten the AMAZING job that Qatar did when hosing the 2006 Asian Games.

    Alcohol is only banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (and in the Emirati State of Sharjah). As for the "scantily dressed" women issue -you have to respect our culture as you would respect any other country's culture when traveling! Its just good manners!

    FIFA (and Sepp Blatter) have been involved with helping the "poorer" Gulf nations (namely Oman and Bahrain) with the FIFA Goal Project, which we really thank them for!

    I agree with FIFA's principles when it comes to the rules of the game: it has to be as close as possible to the original rules of the game so that anyone, anywhere in the world at any given time can play the wonderful game of Football. So why the need for the goal-line technology? But I wouldn't mind seeing 2 extra referees behind the goals to oversee the areas.

    So I say, thank you Sepp Blatter and thank you Mohamed Bin Hammam (who we think was really behind all of this). Good luck Qatar with the preparations and I look forward to attending a few games in Doha in 2022!

    January 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Reply
  77. Rob William

    What will Qatar do if Israel qualify for WC 2022?

    January 8, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  78. Generoso PUZIO

    I have never understood the reasons of having a Swiss as FIFA's Boss. Switzerland, with all due respect never won anything in the Football International Arena. In addition Mr Blatter does everything to get votes to extend his mandate in FIFA leadership. You have to know that the vote of Brasil or Italy or Germany or France or England or Argentina or Spain that are the Gota of Football, have the same value of Burkina Faso with all respect for Burkina Faso. The old man should be changed. We need new blood in FIFA and a fear person as well.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Reply
  79. Omar Ozalp

    If i could stop watching football because of FIFA's recent actions, I would. Unfortunately I enjoy the sport too much.

    Too many question remained unanswered and viewers and fans alike are frustrated and having trouble coming to terms with.

    The question is not whether Russia and Qatar can host successful world cups. Given their wealth and resources both countries are more than capable of delivering on their promises. The issue is with FIFA itself.

    Why is the FIFA World Cup voting panel made up entirely of men above the average age of 60, clearly out of touch with the modern game?

    Why weren't countries who submitted bids allowed to know who voted for them?

    Since when does FIFA choose 2 World Cup hosts in 1 event?

    How could the voting panel have overlooked something as obvious as the summer weather in Qatar, as well as all the repercussions of trying to alter the WC Finals schedule?

    Given the hugely controversial decisions that have taken place recently and the insistence by players and fans alike, why has it taken FIFA so long to instill goal line technology?

    How can one person (Sepp Blatter) have such a strong influence on such a global game?

    All these questions lead us to believe that there is much more at stake than just football. It's time FIFA changes its ways to serve more as football's governing body than football's tyrannical rulers.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:30 am | Reply
  80. sachinkaria

    Blatter is a corrupt fool, Holding the FIFA world cup in both Russia and Qatar are decisions made based upon nonsense. Russia a widespread country with a serious lack of infrastructure. Qatar, well, that's self explanatory. The world cup has ALWAYS traditionally been in the summer, moving it to the winter is simply absurd. Why didn't they think about the weather prior to making the decision. FIFA has ruined it's reputation as simply can't be taken seriously any more.

    January 8, 2011 at 9:40 am | Reply
  81. Adrian Hasselhoff

    Mr. Blatter, as a man who has seen many World Cups in person, I must commend you on the decision of having Russia and Qatar host future World Cups. First off, the World Cup needed to go to territories that have avid football fans. The Middle East is a prime example of this. I have seen many whine and complain about climate and such and such but the truth is that ones whining have not set foot in Qatar. The country is that of wealth, they can make deserts prosper so what makes everyone assume that they can't make a World Cup thrive?

    As for the concern for players healths, they are professional footballers, not children. The harsh climate will do nothing to them, seeing as the majority of local Qatarians all have ACs. Why wouldn't the fields and such be climate controlled? The outrage over Qatar hosting the World Cup is quite simply, stupid. I for one, know what the people of Qatar can and will do and commend you for letting them host the World Cup in 2022. I look forward to it.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:05 am | Reply
  82. indy7

    FIFA is a corrupt and almost Mafia-like organization and Sepp Blatter is the Godfather.
    It needs to be cleaned up from top to bottom.

    January 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  83. Lena

    Fifa shouldn't be held in the winter! It's too cold in Europe!!!
    I can't belive that Fifa is going to be held in the winter.
    Really BAD BAD idea!!!!
    So is having Qatar is a bad idea too, I think.
    I love FIFA and all but Mr. Blatter should be voted out of office because these are some really bad ideas!!!

    January 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
  84. Disgruntled Aussie

    I am still amazed at how such a small country with no football history at all get awarded with the 2022 WC.

    Now look at all of the issues it has caused, FIFA now want to move the WC to winter. It's blatantly obvious that all of these FIFA delegates have been bribed like there is no tomorrow.

    Something needs to be done about this very corrupt organisation. A rival football body needs to be established as the current system is just not working!!!!

    January 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply
  85. Can D

    get the corruptable human factor out of deciding who gets the host. have a detailed public wighted point system. independent judges, kept secret at the beginning of the process will judge and award points to each nations bid. multiple judges grade the same aspect of the bid WITHOUT knowing the other judge and the resulting final point for the item will come from an average of the 3-5 judges individual points.

    skewwing that would be very hard. any play on trying will have more likeliness of being revealed and/or caught.

    the questions is does fifa want to become transparent and fair or continue with an old-boys-backroom approach!

    the question could be why fifa doesnt move to a selection system such as the one above...

    January 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  86. Nawaf

    I think that Mr Blatter has done nothing wrong, I dunno about the corruption behind him but the FIFA's picks for the World Cup were on the spot, Russia and Qatar both deserve the chance to host the World Cup, for decades the WC has been hosted by European and the nations of the Americas, just because it is giving a chance to other countries many people are becoming angry.(I thought soccer was for all countries and not just traditional ones)And the heat problem during the WC in Qatar shouldnt have been a problem in the first place because Qatar already said that it is going to handle this situation, other than that i cant see an excuse for why the WC shouldnt be held there, it definitely has the stadiums and the infrastructure to handle the WC, thats why i think Mr Blatter has made the right choice,Just give these two nations a chance before u go ahead and attack them for such silly reasons.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  87. Mic

    This man must leave office now,its one absurd thing after another.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  88. Abu

    It is wrong to hold the world cup in Qatar in the first place, never mind whether it is in winter or summer.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  89. LC

    The fact that his decisions are deemed 'controversial' by some reflects the situation of football itself. It is dominated by the rich and powerful countries. I think in a way Blatter's decisions try to move away from that trend. Naturally, those who strongly oppose his decisions are from the countries most negatively impacted. As for his opposition to the use of technology in the football field, I think he wants to go back to the tradition of trusting the referees' decisions no matter what and not relying on technology. Again, this reflects the situation in this world right now. People prefer the latest technology rather than real human values and relationships. Sure, he's not perfect, but is anyone?

    January 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  90. Nwulu Chinedu

    I don't support the idea of the world cup being stage on November or January because of the effect and controversial that it will generate between major European league.
    Fifa should have consider all this issue that are now been generated before handling over the hosting right to Qatar.
    I believe there will be even more confusion if that year if Africa will be having their cup of nation which requires that players should start camping from December leading to the kick-off . I think it will be right if Fifa will stick with the plan of Qatar building air condition stadiums for the tournament to avoid further debate.
    I believe the impress that Fifa is trying to create here is that they care for the fans but why not at first?

    January 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  91. B. Rogers

    World Cup is not about football anymore & also not about developing the game. It is about who has the money to buy IT!

    We have definitely seen how oil money has hijacked the World Cup. Money & corrupted leadership had turned FIFA into an inefficient and immoral organisation. I feel sorry for those inside FIFA that are gagged and too scared to stand-up to the corrupt leadership..Enough said...it is time for a shake-out an change!!!

    January 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply

    in the first place how do this people who today becomes the lord of football get there?, i foresee a bloody war in the a football stadium as a result of, human error or delibrate error call it anything and the agrived fans went wild. prevension they say is not only better than cure but cheaper, i wonder why this fools can not take the advantage of mordern technology to prevent an embarrasing situasion. i just hope they dont blame their failure on sadam hussain this time.

    January 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  93. Adrian Rivera

    What if a player dies in the Qatar heat? Does anybody play competitive football at 50 degrees? Is it safe?

    January 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  94. Marcel

    In my opion he is doing the right thing, or in that matter FIFA.
    Its opening the world to soccer!
    There shouldnt be political issues involved, from both parties, Fifa and the the hosting country.
    Lets give them a chance.
    One more event to unit! Lets not spoil it!
    I am sure its going to be great.
    Cheers and celebrate.
    Marc from Switzerland

    January 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  95. frank

    Football is very popular in all Arab countries. IQatar was a right choice.
    Europeans, just relax and enjoy the diversity. You don't have a monopoly for the World Cup.

    I recall Europe was also angry when Korea/Japan and South Africa won the bids as well. Both of the tournaments were a success. I hope the next one will be in Turkey.....

    Fly high Qatar !!!!!!

    January 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  96. jason

    I would love the idea of spending January in some where warm and enjoying some great football. Great idea to have the World Cup in winter...and to whom ever is staying home in cold and dreary weather...would be great to enjoy live football to pass the cold winter.


    January 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  97. rowing

    I think Doha is a fantastic place for the world cup. The World Cup is just that, a WORLD cup. It does not belong just in Europe. I thought that just the fact that Doha had a plan for the stadiums after the Cup was a big + plus. Doha has a lot of experience with many other sporting, cultural and educational events. (check the Qatar Foundation) I have been to Doha a few times; I am not from the region in case you may think I am being biased and nationalistic.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  98. Nimo

    FIFA needs to be more transparent. There are way too many stories about bribery. Also FIFA needs to understand that that football is the most popular sport and the most important contributors are the players and the teams. Fifa is just a support buddy. FIFA is not doing a good job and need a complete managment change. In addition to that if teams have complains about certain decisions FIFA most of the time ignores it and very acts very stubborn and remains with the decision that many times are wrong. Currently FIFA is destroying the sport.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  99. Harry

    What would one expect? mr Blatter was handpicked by his predecessor, mr Havelange. He inhereted his network as well as his way of doing business. Changing FIFA ways is just as easy as influencing the Pope.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  100. thespamcollector

    FIFA must be subject to a better legal system than the Swiss Camarilla!

    FIFA should be urged by e.g. by D, BENELUX, UK, F, I, A, and any other countries with a fairer and more efficient legal system to leave Switzerland!

    Europe today still represents 80% of the football world and has the power to inisist on such changes.

    Blatter can only dance on the corruption razerblade in his home country CH. And he does it well. If it is also the best for football does not matter. Blatters and Fifas hybris is a shame for football. He wants(ed) diplomatic status for him and behaves already as if he were immune to any allegation.

    Blatters FIFA is a multi billion business but legally registered as a 'club' (Sportvereinigung).
    He also seems to have very good relations' into the Swiss legal system. also in private matters (his car accident e.g.)

    Can anyone imagine to stop a corruption and fraud investigation in his own country by paying – how shall one call such payment? – hush-money.

    The best place for FIFA is the country withe strictest corruption law and their strictes execution in the world. Football management must be without the swiss eye-winking in hairy cases as it is today..

    January 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  101. Louis Johnston

    The choice of Qatar to host the WC in 2022 was madness as is borne out by Blatter looking at the change of usual date June to sept.
    The delegates who voted did know this ,and I am sure if this was known the voting would have been very different.
    Maybe in 2018 when voting for 2026 they should prequalify 5 bids put them in a hat and pick one, so noone would accuse FIFA of not being transparent, but this will never happen as then the FIFA executive will not have control of who gets the WC.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  102. carlos

    I don't think it is healthy for any kind of organization to have these kinds of presidents who stay in power forever. An organization like FIFA, which should be a dynamic one, looses a lot of credibility with this kind of ruling.

    January 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  103. Mindaugas Kavaliauskas

    Every world cup announces mind-blowing innovations, based on advertising smthg: HD broadcast, next time maybe 3d, etc.

    And all this is for billions of people to watch the shameful errors of referees. Football is just a game which needs to be fair and clear. Why not equip the referees with all those hi-tech gadget technologies first to make decisions provable: goals, fauls, disrespectful behaviour of players against other players, etc.
    Down with the medieval football !

    January 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  104. Kevin Gallagher

    I think the way forward is to see FIFA change and also let some sort of a worldwide fan forum be more involved with football matters. Football fans then can be heard and listened too by FIFA.
    The football fans need to be heard............ A new way of voting for the World cup and other tournament's needs addressed too by a more open and public way so that all country's have a go to host, also country's that have had it before have to wait 20 years before getting it again which is fair to all others, as an Irishman it would be great to have it in Ireland at some point but need a tournament first as a test to see if it can happen as do all country's need a test before they can even be in a vote.
    I do believe that FIFA have been very poor at there jobs giving a world cup to a country with unplayable heat then asking football org's to change there time frames to suit FIFA. They have to embrace the football world and start listening to fans,players etc. If FIFA does not change I can see other country's starting their own football body as a last resort.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:14 am | Reply
  105. fxforall

    Qatar is surprising choice.. well China was and they did super Olympic ....well it's about time the G10 so called supreme power understand that there is other country on the map........

    January 9, 2011 at 2:35 am | Reply
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  107. ray

    Money money money, must be funny.As the song from Abba goes,its all about money.For what reason was Qatar given the 2022 world cup? The weather is much hotter, they dont have the stadiums or infrastructure and it is a very tiny nation.On what technical aspect was Qatar given the world cup? Please Mr Blatter tell me?

    January 9, 2011 at 7:43 am | Reply
  108. charlie

    Only two question for Blatter.
    When will you leave?
    Why not now.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:20 am | Reply
  109. charlie

    I attended the last world cup final in the freezing cold in the middle of the night in J'Berg. The most heart warming moment was the spontaneous round of booing that erupted when Blatter appeared.

    The sickening self congratulation between Blatter and the SA authorities was shameful. The S.Africa world cup was good even very good out side of Johannasberg.
    J'Berg transport and security was appalling every problem was compeltely denied by Blatter. The man is a deluded argogant demigod.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:24 am | Reply
  110. charlie

    This year was the first time I realised that the selection committe was anly a couple of dozen individuals. I has always Naively assumed that it would be one vote per FA at least. How on earth was such an obviously corruptable structure come into being.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:28 am | Reply
  111. charlie

    There is no need for any new technology.
    1. Every goal, penalty and red card to be confirmed by video check.
    2. Each captain permitted 3 appeals per game
    (eg for the England goal aginst Germany).
    3. Unsuccessful appeals punishable by a yellow card for timewasting.
    It is as simple as that to vastly improve governance with existing technology.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:33 am | Reply
  112. charlie

    My kids grew up loving soccer based on my love for the game.
    That love naively blinded me to the reality of FIFA.
    The more I get to know about Blatter and FIFA just makes me want to cry.
    I really do think respectable FA should boycott the world cup until Blatter is gone and the entire organization revamped.
    Or simply set up an alternative organization with a "fair" worl cup.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply
  113. soushio

    A winter world cup? Was that even in Qatar's bid in the first place?? First of all, you'll have to suspend and reorganise fixtures to make room for the WC, and then what? Are you going to play those matches afterwards till the string of games ends in the summer instead? What about pre-season training? There wouldn't be enough time for the players to recover for the next season! In other words, one single WC would be enough to affect numerous seasons of club football, which, truth be told, is a lot more important and at a much higher level compared to national teams. And don't internationals have to go train with their national teams beforehand? They used to have time after the season ends, and before the tournament starts. What now? Do you suspend more weeks of domestic / continental football, which would have the same consequences I stated above? You might as well cancel the whole season, which would cause an outrage!! However, I must admit I am extremely biased on this issue, as I am a firm believer of club over country, since players play for their clubs more often.

    Secondly, do you honestly think those big clubs would let their international players leave just like that? I mean, once they let the players play for their national team, the players get a period of time to rest after coming back, so it would be a while before those players would be able to play for their club again. I've seen clubs with ridiculous management, but I trust they're not that stupid.

    On to the voting process: Transparency, transparency, transparency. That pretty much sums it up. Reality to FIFA, reality to FIFA, do you read me!? I think not. Times have changed. You honestly can't go on like this and expect us to accept that there's nothing wrong with the voting process despite the lack of transparency. You all might be getting bribes, and you might not. You might have discussed amongst yourselves and gotten your mates within FIFA to all vote for the same country, or even boycott a certain nation. How are we to know?

    Last but certainly not least: Goal line technology, and other technology for that matter. Football, soccer, calcio...whatever you call it, it's the beautiful game, but thanks to bad calls it's becoming absolutely HIDEOUS, and it pains us as fans of the sport to see it dilapidated. Football has a long history, and we're proud of it, but we're living in a world where technology can right wrongs, and yet you refuse to use do so!! Why? Because football is a humane sport? Because you want it to be based on people and not cold, emotionless mechanism?? We can right wrongs, Mr Blatter, but you're just too narrow-minded to see that.

    Oh and on a side note, Mr Blatter, you really need to learn how to choose your words. Female players should wear tighter shorts? Gays should refrain from sex? I have no idea why you're the president of FIFA, even if FIFA is pretty much disconnected and blind.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
  114. Monday Okorie

    The concept of trying to reach every corner of the world with football is laudable and impressive. Qatar should be allowed to show what they could do, before we condemn them. A lot of people said the same thing with South Africa – winter in June/July etc, but it was very successful and introduced the beautifal game to some who otherwise could have been left behind.
    As for playing the game in winter, it is just fantansy as it would mean realignment of so many things in the football world.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
  115. colin

    were to start ??????
    this is just 1 point

    being from England from what happened in the world cup when is a goal a goal ! we want to expand the game & take it to new countries, but we dont want to use technology ?

    am afread to say FIFA make the rules up as they go along

    January 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  116. Ahmed

    We are grateful to you for given us a piece of that fiesta last summer, winter or summer, we hope qatar will prove others wrong... rotating this great event is essential! mr. president

    January 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  117. FanFan

    Mr. Blatter,

    My questions to you?

    Have you bothered checking if a referendum was voted and if the vast majority of Qataris are pleased to host the WC in 2022? Do your research you would be surprised with the results!

    Do you know how many Asian laborers will be used for the constructions of the new stadiums and in which appalling conditions this will happen?
    I would recommend you visit one of the laborers camp sites next time you re in Doha.....

    If you really cared about the Middle East, you and the EC should have
    insisted on a joint proposal with other neighboring countries. Don't you think that 's more in the spirit of sports?

    Finally, weren't you aware of the appalling summer heat in the region before you awarded the WC to Qatar? That is not fair play Mr. Blatter ....hmmm suddenly you are concerned for the well being of fans and players. You should have thought of that before. CARTON ROUGE TO FIFA!!

    January 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  118. bnt_qatar

    it doesnt matter anymore what has been done has been done u all have to live with it
    i for one didnt even think that South Africa was ever going to be able to hold the worlds cup and look what they did they proved me and many other people wrong
    qatar is just one more country that is going to hold the world cup and only the best
    the citzens of qatar are more then happy to have won the bid and they are not about to let that go...
    qatar has worked hard to get its self to where it is today
    only about 8 or 9 years ago on the west bay only one building stood the Sheraton hotel and just a few years latter that area is sorring with building of all sizes and shapes.
    that just proves that in just 11 years qatar can and will succeed in holding the world cup

    January 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  119. fort

    Mr Blatter is like a certain Southern African leader. They go about their things without any care of what anyone else thinks whether right or wrong. It is so ilogical for a world cup in Qatar in June, but the truth is now unraveling with a world cup in january and now they are saying the neighbours will help out. Something is not right here, is not part of the bidding process to show you can host the cup on your own.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:33 am | Reply
  120. Meugin

    I would like to ask Sepp Blatter:
    Seeing that the World Cup was such a success in South Africa, what is FIFA going to do to promote local football in South Africa and Africa as a major brand to the world or is the honeymoon over?

    Cape Town
    South Africa

    January 10, 2011 at 4:49 am | Reply
  121. MN

    You forgot to add that the great majority of these buildings are only finished in the outside and serve no purpose except to decorate the fake Doha skyline.
    Also, you forgot to add that these buildings were built by labors that are treated like modern times slaves. (3 year contracts with no holidays, making less than 200Euros/month, with no rights or benefits and often they have to work for 6 months just to pay their agent's fees.
    I’ll stop here and invite the international media to come and investigate independently (and not sponsored by the Qatari government, as it often happens)!

    January 10, 2011 at 6:43 am | Reply
  122. PrinceBEM

    I do strongly support Sepp's idea of FIFA moving football (especially the hosting of World Cup) to new territorie but a lot of precautions must be taken when deciding on which countries to stand for the final voting. Things like the safety of all and making sure the normal calendar of federations and continents are not affected. For example , if 2022 WC should be during the winter season then the calendar of federations and others will be affected for at least two years before it can come back to normal. Just imagine how it will affect Africa, the nation's cup is normally in jan -feb. Europe might just have to put a 2 months break and push their season by 2 months ahead. But Africa will require a total shake up. I don't know how the other continents will bi troubled.
    what drinking of alcohol in public which has become like part of the fans' preparation before match and mode of celebration after matches? how are they going to protect them from islamic extremist who won't buy the government's idea of dessecrating their land because of something they don't like?
    There are still a lot of unanswered questions over security measures to be taken and a 100% successful prevention of catastrophy which may cost human lives just due to the behaviour of fans that may provoke islamic extremists to act.
    Security is the basis of me not happy with Quata hosting the world cup.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:22 am | Reply
  123. Roger McLaren


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  124. alan

    i would like to ask mr blatter if the due dilligence was carried out on a correct basis, and also based on the bid why now are they changing it to january, does this mean that the whole bid process was a sham including the 2018 bid, also what about the policeing how are qatar going to carry this out ? are they going to rely on an imported police foce from the sub continent with no previous experience ? every body knows that this bid should never have succeded on any equation you would like to base it on .

    January 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  125. killian donnellan

    It is clear that sepp blatte wants to reduce the amount of domestic football being played.If this happens he will want more internationals to be played to gain money for fifa.plus if fifa wanted to take the world cup to pastures new then why was australia not chosen.it is clear it wuld be a money issue because australis has everything in place and so fifa would gain any money.And plus why not go for goal line tech, it worked in the ashes,works in rugby,works in tennis so why not football.blatter wants money every chance he gets.and one question for mr.blatter could you explain the offside rule to millions of people around the globe and plus if you reduce domestic football does that mean that you will cut the amount cup competitions and destroy local football in the lower leagues that are important to communities.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  126. bnt_qatar

    have u been to qatar.. i dont no i am just asking maybe u have or u havent i dont no
    the budlings are not fake and are not there just for style they are building in which people work in... with offices.... people actually work there... many of my family members and friends work there... and qatar without theses buildings is just as beutifull....
    and newer and newer building are being build inside and outside of qatar... we have nothing to hold back..
    and no these laborers ur talking about are not slaves in Qatar there are no such thing as slaves. these works get paid there fair share and get a proper shelter with that includes no taxes, no energy bills, infact workers dont have to pay any bills... these workers dont have to stay in qatar for ever they come and go as they wish. also they come to qatar on there free will no one forces them....
    Now if u dont wish to come thats fine... but those who support the sport (soccer) and believe in change will come

    January 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  127. worldsrocker

    you all know very very well that Fifa is not going to take the bid of 2022 back and give it to another country, and u all know that its going to be june/july cause that aint gona change for sure.....
    turst me when i heard about Qatar i was shoked but then i thought will why not... its something new, something that has never been done before... and u never know there is still 11 years till the freken world cup maybe temps will be better u never know.. but what i do know is that they promiss a state in the art cooling system that has actually been tried and used before and was very succeeful.. i have seen it on the news the very next day and its pretty cool... i for one will go to qatar.. maybe not for qatar but for the sack of the sport soccer 🙂
    and i encourge u people to do the same and give this country a chance it wont kill u...

    January 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  128. patrick

    Blatter should not be the head of FIFA for many reasons. He is corrupt and only thinks of filling his pockets with money. His nephew runs most of the FIFA's marketing companies. On top of that why is FIFA located in switzerland? And how much does switzerland contribute to the world football?!!!! a lot of questions to ask I guess.........

    January 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  129. christian

    with so much money ruling the sport, isn't it time they take away the a from fifa.
    How medieval can fifa be for not allowing tv replays for decisions as other sports have. I will tell you why: It does not allow matches to be fixed!!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  130. MN

    Not only I have been but I live here.
    Don’t tell me how these buildings are finished. I know very well how many are finished inside and how many remain unfinished and unoccupied with no purpose! Seriously man, don’t waste your time trying to fool someone who actually lives here. It may work with FIFA and others when you show them the fake artist’s impression videos of things that will never be built (so typical in this region, I can give you so many examples but I am sure you also know of them!)
    Qatar without these buildings, the desert, yes it’s beautiful (minus the garbage left by the locals who couldn’t care less about pollution or recycling). The desert is beautiful, but after a few hours looking at sand dunes, it gets quite boring!
    Every building you add to Qatar, you damage the world’s environment. Go and check Wikipedia for the No. 1 polluter and you will see its Qatar. Why? Because the desert is no natural habitat for modern cities. Modern cities only exist here with a huge cost of pollution (to cool every single building and car most of the year). Every single cm2 of green cost a lot of money and damages the environment to maintain it (Desalination of water is heavy polluter process).
    Obviously you are in denial or you choose to ignore the harsh working conditions of construction workers and maids in your country. Go to Europe and benchmark the labor law with the one in your country. As you are at it, check the salaries and holidays you offer to the laborers and compare with the ones they get in poorer European countries. Ask them how many months of salary they pay their agents and ask them how often they go and visit their families with paid holidays. Ask them how comfortable their accommodation is in the heat of the summer (50 C).
    Qatar and many other Gulf countries take advantage of the poverty in the world to pay miserable salaries and provide working conditions (Sponsorship and exit permit) that are classified as modern slavery).
    The typical Qatari reaction when faced with reality: if you don’t like it, don’t come here!
    I wonder if you’ll still have this reaction in 2022?!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:01 am | Reply
  131. shisir ruwali

    how will 2.5 million people who will watch the football plus the 1.5 million people of the country fit in 60 km radius.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
  132. shisir ruwali

    football needs to develop a purple card which give out a 5 minute penalty ban for players diving.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:41 am | Reply
  133. Umar Aliyu

    First and foremost am very surprised by the Europeans and Americans, South Africa hosted one of the best word cups ever though with the criticisms and now Qatar. The West have enjoyed so many world cups, please let the third world try and in fact i think Qatar have so much wealth that they can handle almost every thing be it security, weather and on and on. Pleeeaase give them the chance as you have given South Africa and i promise you on their behalf that they will make us proud. please FIFA please Mr Blatter and please "The World".

    January 11, 2011 at 7:40 am | Reply
  134. Tochukwu Olekanma

    Sepp Blatter does not like opposition as it will expose the brazen corruption inherent in FIFA. Little wonder he has treathened countries with government interference with ban, not recognising that those FA's are supported by Government. The officials of such federations ride on this and sqander their federations funds.

    Now goal line tech. will right the anomalies commited by officials but he will not have it applied because the suggestion is coming from a section of the football family he is not comfortable with. Therefore, he will not have applied. I suggest he resign

    January 11, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
  135. Umar Aliyu

    whats the prerequisites of ballon d'or.

    please help me ask Mr President what's the exact prerequisites of the world footballer. I asked coz i don't really understand, previously it was said it's based on hit man of champions league winner or world cup but not just on highest goal scorer that neither wins any of world cup or champions league rather Messi did not even score a goal at the world cup nor wins the champions league. What about his team mates, the likes of Xavi and others, and why is Schneider not at top three after the world cup finals, champions league winner, domestic league winner and all clubs championships and on and on. please let us know why Messi was world player?

    January 11, 2011 at 9:22 am | Reply
  136. Mike Baum

    Sepp Blatter should bow our gracefully. He will not allow technology Qatar in the Summer is ludicrous to say the least. To have the European players play extra games in Dec/Jan only increases their chances of more injuries NO Blatter and NO Platini

    January 11, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
  137. MN

    To clarify, Qatar has an estimated population of 1.6 million, however only 20% are natives. The leaves Qatar with a fixed population of 320 000 people, being the remaining 1.28 million migrant workers and expats (transitory population) who are mainly here to built the country.
    Once the country is finished and laborers and expats are sent back, the population will be the natives plus those who maintain and operate the country.
    As mentioned all this surreal development will take place in a country of 320 thousands inhabitants, just for 1 month World Cup.

    Before I go, just to inform all of you that laborers are not allowed to enter Doha's shopping Malls. Qatar operates a racist policy of not allowing laborers entering shopping malls in their only day off (Friday). This racist policy is disguised as "family only"; however any local or Caucasian single man is allowed to enter where Africans and Asians single men are banned.
    Just Google “family day in Doha” and you’ll see how racism is systematically part of Doha’s daily life;

    At the moment, the AFC Asian Cup 2011 is taking place in Doha. Come and see empty stadiums , no party or celebrations and obviously no beer anywhere unless in the usual 5 star hotels. As a matter of fact it’s hardly noticeable that any thing is going on out of the routine.
    One thing is different, all the empty buildings are flashed with a lavish light show every night: a ghost town decorated with a shallow light show case! From the distance it looks impressive, almost an impression of Tokyo Skyline. Once you approach the city, all streets are deserted and most of the building unoccupied and unfinished in their inside (built with no purpose).

    And now for the cherry of the cake, every foreigner who resides in Qatar needs an EXIT Permit, issued by at the discretion of his sponsor, to be able to travel out of the country!

    I could be here writing an essay of why Qatar does not deserve to organize an international event like the World Cup. It just doesn’t have the ethics and values defended by FIFA!

    One thing is what one says, the other is the validation of what they actually do!
    FIFA should have taken this into account in accessing bids!

    It is very frustrating how the world gets so easily drunk and numbed when they perceive wealth! The message we all get here is that talent is no longer needed, money is sufficient to get recognition!

    January 11, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
  138. bnt_qatar

    what i heard about S.Africa hosting the world cup it was exterimally sad what people said and the lack of support that s. africa got but at the end one of the best world cups was hosted..... and qatar will host another great world cup
    and one question if u hate it soo much why are u still there?
    and from now till 2022 the faith and trust that i have in qatar will never change it will just keep growing stronger..

    January 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  139. worldsrocker

    bnt_qatar and mn u guys are.. how do i put this inssane...
    u both have really strong point of why and why no the world cup should be held in qatar...
    when i heard it i was upset
    iam not excited about it being in qatar but i dont think its a bad idea i mean i havent really been to a gulf country. so this would be nice i think..qatar has to prove alot and need to show the world it can live up to the standers soo we will just have to wait and see...
    Just FYI nothing anyone says or does will effect the choises are made ur thought and beliefs dont really matter any more to the bid i mean its not like it has ever so u all might as well give up trying cause it aint gona change anything this i promisse u

    January 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  140. Nguyen Van Thuy

    Dear Football World

    With Blatter as FIFA President, nothing will be achieved for Football. He may say Vietnam will host the World Cup in ...and in..., which does not make any Vietnamese happy. He is the biggest lier of our time and therefore he should go. Time for countries like England, Spain, Germany and Italy to act.


    January 12, 2011 at 2:05 am | Reply
  141. MN

    South Africa is a country operated by South Africans where apartheid was abolished.
    Qatar is a country operated by foreigners where racist policies are in practice today!
    The great percentage of these foreigners (laborers) are paid around 220 US$/month with no benefits working under harsh conditions and banned to enter a shopping mall (the only entertainment the country offers on a Friday – their only day off)!

    South Africa is a country with a sustainable climate where human beings can live without causing too much damage to the local environment.
    Qatar is a country, where the presence of human beings in modern cities causes a tremendous damage to the planet's environment (again check who is on the top list of world polluters: Qatar).

    It’s not about loving it or hating it! Where did you read that I hate it?
    It’s about reporting the true facts, hidden so well by Qatar!

    Didn’t I write in my comment above "The typical Qatari reaction when faced with reality: if you don’t like it, don’t come here!"

    Here we go, you just proved yourself that you are a typical one. Hide your head in the sand and kick out any one who dares to speak out the truth!
    Qatar on its best!

    As I said I could be here writing extensive articles of what is going on in Qatar, that is against the spirit of World Cup, but its not the write space. I leave it for the real Journalists of this world to come here (resist the local $pon$or$hip$ and report the truth fact to the world.
    Like this maybe Qatar will improve its nasty hidden side and become a truly good example in the Gulf in terms of labor law, human rights, democracy and freedom of expression.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:06 am | Reply
  142. MN

    don’t you think that FIFA gave to the worldit a very wrong message?

    The message they send to the world is: forget about talent and competences, money is the only criteria for recognition and reward!
    (in this case money that does not result from hard work but money that pours freely out of the planet’s surface, which causes spoiled new-rich behavior to an extreme that it can become lavishly offensive to the rest of the world, particularly to those who starve).

    FIFA’s decision to choose Qatar felt on one of these 2 cases:
    – They were ignorant and irresponsible about Qatar’s actual conditions (climate, culture, human rights records, labour law, etc….)

    – They couldn’t resist temptation$$$$$$$$$$

    The saddest part is that the true facts (particularly how labors are treated here) are hidden and not disclosed by the international media (either because they are given no access or when they come here they are conditioned some how.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:17 am | Reply
  143. rugbywc2011

    Sepp has destoryed the FIFA name and bruised the sport of football. I view the organizing body as I would a corrupt natural resource rich nation – where leaders care more about furthering their own interests.

    Going back to the Ireland v France game with Henry;s handball – it was clear then that FIFA wanted France in the WC as they had more big names on the field. In a blatent disregard for fairness and sportmanship, FIFA stayed silent on a issue that re-branded them as cheaters. Sadly, the youger generation are growing up hearing that FIFA are a bunch of cheats – what is that going to do for the sport?

    Fast-forward 10 months and we see Qatar winning a bid? QATAR??? Great for LNG, a new airline etc etc, but the world cup?? While I support a small nations, new regions and all that – what was the justification? Was it trade offs for Russia to win 2018, were pockets lined? Once corruption sets in – the only thing left to do is sack the lot and start over.

    Either way, its disgraceful. Sepp Blatter's accounts should be investigated. Put the firing squad on alert.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:42 am | Reply
  144. marcos from Brazil

    I miss Joao Avelange ;( he was a very good FIFA boss.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  145. Harry

    Dear commentators: FIFA is like a mytholigical monster. Chop its head of, two heads will return. So go for the roots 🙂

    January 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  146. worldsrocker

    look u cant really disrespect a country... i have done my part of the reaserch and yes there are a few things that qatar will diffenatly have to work on and getting these stadiums is no easy task... so it their responsibility to show the world that they can pull it off... and i have looked very closely at human rights and to tell u the truth qatar does have human rights and workers get paid that u cannot just lie about...
    at first i thought that qatar did just win the bid for their money but then i went on youtube and heard the speaches of the people reprisanting qatar and they are very convincing..
    Now if fifa is tempted cause of the money that a country has then thats there own fault. but you cannot blame a country for what is....
    But for me i think qatar really needs to step up its game... and hopefully no promisses of there will be broken

    January 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  147. Patrick Moyna

    FIFA is not an institution of my personal liking. What they say about the politic$$ of FIFA, I could not agree more. But to all those GB, Aussie and US howlers, I would like to remind that first you should check on the purity and selflessness oozing out of the GB, Aussie or US team managers, or now owners !! If you could range them against the Cossa Nostra capos, it would be a game so close that it would go to the penaltys !! An I am not too sure which side would win !! If you check into Sir Stanley Rous or Havelange"s personal dealings I guess you would be more than surprised. What % of its WCs did GB win under SR (100%) how many went to Brasil under Havelange (80%?). Referee riggings, lecturing the referees as to which team should be penalized for their "known bad behaviour" , looking the other side when agents for sporting appareil also acted to "enhance" the chances of their national teams, changes of venues during the ongoing cups, everything has been done, and will probably be done again. At least the Swiss teams are unlikely to have their games sorted out pre-cup, as they will manage to get knocked out by their own shortcomings, without need of outside pressure. You should never appoint Presidents from the Big Countries. Also because some of the fans think are Great Soccer Countries have very little of substance to show for themselves.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  148. allie

    FIFA is a corrupt organisation and Blatter needs to go . The football world should form another 'body' to organise a proper – and corrupt free World Cup.
    Nothing against Qatar personally – but a poor choice and ill thought our decision to have the world cup there. ...and Russia ? ...only one thing to say about that one: it provided MONEY for Blatter's pension pot. The man is a disgrace.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  149. Darren, London, Engalnd

    The best "league"? Er, on what basis exactly?

    The stats are right there in the article for us all to see – 8 of the world 11 are from Barcelona and Real Madrid – those are the only TWO teams in Spain worth talking about – it's the most one (two) sided league in Europe!

    At least in the Premier League there are a few more teams in the hunt and the top teams frequently come undone against lower teams – that RARELY happens in La Liga.

    And as for "local players" – how many of England's first 11 play overseas? NONE!

    Enough said!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  150. JamesC1991


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  151. Blatherin Fool

    What do you expect from that blathering fool!!
    Is he German?
    He should learn from the reticence and artfulness with words that is the hallmark of the English....

    January 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  152. Rich A

    Well I guess next year the Pemier Lague will have to pay Blatter a bit more as obvious La Liga have paid him more to voice this opinion. They guy and a lot of his organisation is corrupt and quite frankly his opinion to football fans is worthless...anyone who actually watches the game knows the EPL is WAYYYY better and more competitive than la liga or any other league for that matter.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:06 am | Reply
  153. MN

    Qatar only has less than 300 thousand native inhabitants (the remaining 1.3 million are temporary residents, expats and laborers). You are going to develop a nation-city more than it has has already been overdeveloped in the desert causing enormous amount of pollution.

    Qatar has a sponsorship and exit permit system that is classified as modern slavery. No one has the right to change jobs and laborers and maids often cant go and visit their families before 3 years of work with no holidays and a monthly salary less than 200 US$ (and this is one of the most richest countries in the world).

    Books are censored here. Virgin Megastore opened with a great collection and soon after the government instructed their removal, leaving just travel guides and other shallow titles. and at the moment the AFC Asian Cup is taking place, come and see the dull atmosphere and empty stadiums
    The damage of WC in Qatar has not be cared for, thought of and quantified.
    What’s wrong with using this event now to expose the dark and hidden side of a country that might because of this exposure introduce some improvements?
    Why are you so worried about the fact that I am reporting truth facts and why you call it disrespect?
    No need to answer, you probably understood by now that, you can’t stop the truth to leak out as Qatar is now on the world stage for the good and the bad!

    January 13, 2011 at 6:44 am | Reply
  154. Allan VanDerH

    Blatter's time is up. For a supposedly head of a world organization he should appear to be un biased and more of a diplomat if not the ultimate Ambassador of the sport his organization is created for. He appears very spiteful even hateful of anything pertaining towards anything to with England. No need to like that country at all but to show his personal bias in that position is tottallu ludicrous. He must go!

    January 13, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
  155. John Bangkok, Thailand

    He appears to have said La Liga is the best football league in the world to annoy England. There is no need for the head of FIFA to say one league is better than the other.

    The decision to hold the world cup in Qatar is just plain stupid. They did not even pass the FIFA criteria as there was no mention of holding the world cup during the northern hemisphere winter at the time of the bid. It just proves what an incorrect decision was made.

    Mr Blatter should go and so should the whole committee. The decision on where to hold the 2022 world cup should be re-elected. We have plenty of time and I am sorry for Qatar but they may have the money, but they dont have the facilities or a large enough population to watch the game. They think they can succeed through clever marketing. (See they are going to sponsor Barcelona next season – very clever)

    January 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  156. Michael Craig

    Blatter is no friend of new locations for the tournament, he simply goes where he can do the most profitable . An awful man at the head of a bad organization.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  157. worldsrocker

    forget re-election cause that aint gonna happen and you all know that.... i have never in my life been to qatar but i think it would be something new for all of us.... and qatar just yesterday had a match with china and won 2 -0 in the asian cup... i cant say weather or no they do or do not have the resources infact no one can.....
    u cant only look at the down part of a country.. i mean i do alot of research for a living and i have got alot of comunication around the world and qatar doesnt seem like a bad place

    January 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  158. MN

    I live here, does that count?
    Come here and ask most of laborers or maids (great majority of Qatar's population) about their working and living conditions and see how different the reality differs from your "research"!

    January 14, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply
  159. Anton, Japan

    Qatar in 2022 is wrong for so many reasons. This decision should be rescinded. 2022 should then be voted on in December 2014 by which time hopefully the voting process will be less affected by corrupt officials cutting backroom deals.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  160. Sean Markus

    I wish everyone in the US would get over losing the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. I have done my research and looked at both bid proposals. The US' was not good. Based on what I saw and read, I would not have voted for the US either. Their bid video was produced to look like a segment on ESPN's Sport Center. While Qatar's video was inspiring and uplifting. It talked about introducing the World to Qatar and the Persian Gulf, and breaking the stereotype of the region. Also, look who the US sent as representatives; Landon Donovan, former President Bill Clinton, and Morgan Freeman (I guess in their mind the guy who played Nelson Mandela in a movie is as good as the real Mandela?)

    January 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  161. Gerard

    Years of preparations, bidbooks, and visits. And now suddenly they have realized that it is warm in summer in Qatar. Amateurs

    January 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  162. kentsailer

    Next thing Mr. Blatter will think of is to have a summer and a winter world cup, or a northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere world cup, or a pre world cup – world cup, or well you get the idea. Mr. Blatter it is time for you to change jobs, not for football. Do you think it is fair to vote for a site and then change the rule under which our "transparent"
    vote is interpreted, in other words "we don't think that Qatar can accomade the world cup in its present and traditional format so let's change the format after the vote" Way to go Mr. Blatter.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  163. alehandro

    It looks to me like most people here are not reacting to what Blatter said in the interview but repeating the same tired opinions on the thorny subject of Qatar getting the 2022 World Cup. Qatar got it, deal with it! Playing that World Cup in Winter is logical. You can't bleat about the heat and then moan about a rescheduling to avoid the heat. The weather was an issue from the start, and while the fact that FIFA has only now come up with the solution of re-scheduling the Finals is unfortunate, but at least it shows the suits are listening and responding to outside opinions. And for those self-appointed "experts" currently saying "duh!", did you think of switching the date of the Finals before the vote?...Exactly. So well done Blatter and his cronies for that.... On goal-line technology, Blatter said he'd have it if it were purely down to him, but it isn't. What else can he say? And for those who say he could make it happen if he wanted to, you can't on the one hand criticise FIFA for having just 22 men decide something as major as who hosts a World Cup and then want one man to rule on something as crucial as goal-line technology. It has to be done by consensus, so Blatter was just being honest. It's not completely in his hands. The one area where the interview fell down was when he was asked about corruption. Blatter was essentially allowed to skate over it, saying that with 300 million people being part of FIFA, one or two bad apples is not bad going. But, in this instance, one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch, i.e it tarnishes the entire FIFA organization. The question is - is Blatter corrupt? And Pinto did not press him on that, nor did he ask the simplest of questions - Were the 2014 and 2022 World Cups bought by Russian and Qatari money? Are they the best hosts for football reasons or financial reasons? Obviously, he would have given the diplomatic answer, but there could have been some interesting follow up questions and it would have been telling to see how well he danced around the subject. Otherwise, good interview.

    January 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  164. aqoonyahan

    I consider that as Anti-semitsm......how come he all of a sudden decided now that its too hot to handle things in Qatar. Call the Anti defamation Group.

    January 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  165. worldsrocker

    Sean Markus u are one person who is looking at i different view and i applaud you for that...
    mn it doesnt matter weith or not u live there.... you wont believe the people i have talked to and the things i have done to get this fare...
    now iam not standing with qatar and iam not stading against it or any other country iam standing with the truth.... and let me tell you all one thing qatar did not win the bid because of the money that is something that needs to be cleared cause it not fare.... and really nothing u say or do will change the votes and it will not be changed to winter.. and the cooling technology is actually really cool and its something that other countries have tried ... and ended up with great results

    January 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  166. Dino

    I feel there should be a revamp of the FIFA committee every four years . It's very obvious that mr.blatter needs to step down and some fresh blood to take over . i am not really proud that qatar has won to host the 2022 world cup . Football is not about Muslims or Christians ... It's a sport . Personally I felt Australia deserves a chance although I have been to that country . But from previous major sporting events there , they have really done a good job . Don't understand why qatar was picked ?

    January 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  167. Bernie

    From the split of opinions on this issue, it is clear that if you live outside the West, you support Blatter...sorry FIFA... giving Qatar the WC. Please stop, look and listen. The opposite view objecting to Qatar isn't about denigrating Arabic or non-white countries. The opposite view is based around the following – please read and understand this:

    1)As far as I know, FIFA has a rule about bidding countries not being allowed to have multiple games held in the same city – how did Qatar get away with that? It's smaller than the Falkland Islands.

    2)The FIFA risk assessment for the bid ( the assessment soundly ignored by the Exec) put Qatar at the top of the list as the Highest Risk bid – explain ignoring that.

    3) Qatar has no recognised history in the World Cup or fan base of any significant size – how then was it even considered?

    4)If the awarding of the WC is all about giving countries who have never had it before a chance (I have no problem with this), why was this NOT mentioned as basically the prime criteria for the bid to all the other countries?

    So as I say, read this. Add read it again. And stop spouting the same old 'imperialist' 'anti-western' diatribe anytime anyone queries how on earth Qatar got the 2022 WC.

    January 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  168. M Kalder

    Most people in England have no problem with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup – it is a huge country with a strong football heritage. It is Russia's time. However, if FIFA's intention was to take the World Cup to new places – how about stating this at the start of the bidding process so that countries like England did not waste their time and money bidding? As for Qatar – I have nothing against that country but what exactly is the legacy a Qatari World Cup will leave? The World Cup has sold its soul and FIFA has lost all credibility – the big football associations around the world should look at breaking away.

    January 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  169. globalcook

    Qatar should have never been chosen as the site for the World Cup. It's too hot in the summer, both for the athletes and for the spectators. The average summer temp in July in Qatar is 106F.

    January 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  170. Mort

    OK OK OK....Plenty rhetoric going around, but we are missing one point......World Cup soccer is a SUMMER EVENT – Always.
    Thought should have gone into that BEFORE making a decision for a nation that doesn't even have a credible league.
    The retiring age in most countries is 60 to 65....Mr Blatter is way past his 'sell by date'...so why is he there and why are we listening to him.
    He has alzhiemers already !!!
    Can you imagine Gerrmany/France/UK / Italy and Spain plus all the other European countries allowing one crazy Swiss guy to foul up the football season for his wrong missguided decision ?? Get a life !!
    Lets get a new FIFA President..and UNDER 60Yrs of age !!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  171. Abena

    The idea to let Qatar host the 2022 WC
    Is a good idea it would be better if it is going to be played during winter. The ones there are mad about this decesion are mostley Brits,Americans(bad losers) and other westerners. They where just as hysteric when South africa was chosen to host the games with All theres worries. Now they are screming out all prejudice and bigotry towards Arabs and muslims. As we here in all these comments Russia is ok But not Qatar its pethetic. Sepp Blatter is deply corrupt

    January 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  172. Abena

    SHUT UP. You are Can not destroy the debate whith your lies about a country.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  173. Fairs Fair

    It is about time that Blatter went. He has used world football for his own ends. It is now obvious that he and FIFA have been discrimanating against English football for decades.

    The fact that Qatar bid along official lines for the WC and now find FIFA trying to change the terms and conditions has brought the game into disripute.

    The thing that really gets me (and tells me that FIFA are too big for their boots) is the fact that all biddinbg countries have to guarantee the FIFA World Cup as being tax free. Who do they think they are?

    January 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  174. MN

    This debate is not about Arabs or Muslims and it’s not against Qatar either, it’s about an event – The World Cup – and the basic conditions for its organization, that's it.
    None of what I wrote above is a lie. I live in Qatar.
    Is this the way you debate by accusing someone of lying with no fundaments or justifications?
    The facts are still unknown for the vast majority of the world, the WC will unveil the truth.

    January 16, 2011 at 5:43 am | Reply
  175. Tim Ryan

    An old corrupt man, just like Mugabwe, dictating to young men. Move over you old relic and let the game move into the new era!!

    January 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  176. Marie

    Hey cnn i got big news for U guys US is not the only who won the word JVB record, Canada is tie wiht the US. 164 games for the FHS in BN, go Canada.

    January 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  177. worldsrocker

    wooooow!!!!!!!!!!! somepeople really need to learn how to losse.. the bid is done and things are done end of story.. winning about this wont change the results

    January 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  178. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    The Russians and the Qataris have opportunities to show case their hospitality and organizational abilities to the rest of the world. They will do it in style. Good luck to them.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
  179. Phil Cose

    Sepp Blatter is about as innocent of corruption as O.J.Simpson is of murder. He was corrupt long before he became head of FIFA...Check the records, plus some of the ludicrous laws etc bought in to the game during his headship e.g. lets have a completely different ball before the world cup (Wonderful stroke) would grace any science fiction novel. Never played the game at any decent level whatever, of course it stands to reason he should be top pick..NOT.!!! Anyone who holds office of this nature should be beyond reproach. However you look at it, this cannot be said of Danny De vito's double. Even Stevie Wonder could see how untrustworthy this man is....Kick him completely out I say. I personally wouldn't employ him as a trash collector.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
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    December 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
  181. Anton

    Why should we give uo our league football just so you and Blatter can pocket a nice profit. lol Sick of these guys trying to ruin my first love. Qatar should never have won the rite to host the World cup, also why should league football suffer for your incomprehensible decision, if this was up to me they would never have won. you better get a fleet of a/c in those stadiums, it's quite simple Qatar you bought it now deal with it.

    August 29, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply

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