Manila: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Qatar was in no danger of being stripped of the 2022 World Cup yesterday after a British newspaper published fresh allegations about the bidding process.
Sunday Times said Britain’s bidding team for the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, had a secret database containing fresh allegations about the 2018 and 2022 hosting races. But Blatter showed he was backing Qatar all the way. “Ladies and gentlemen, believe me, if we see what has been said, what’s told around the world, it’s by those who are not involved exactly (in) what happens in football,” Blatter told delegates at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awards in Manila.
“The World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar,” he said to applause and a few whistles of support from the 400 delegates at the gala dinner in the Philippine capital.