Sepp Blatter hits back in Qatar WC '22 row

Published: Nov 23, 2013, 04:13 IST | AFP

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter hit back at criticism over work conditions at Qatar's World Cup venues, accusing European companies and saying France and Germany pushed the bid for "economic interests".

Amnesty International had earlier said workers were being treated like “animals”. However Blatter said the blame lay squarely with the European companies.

“The big companies working there are European companies, most of them. The constructor is responsible for the workers,” Blatter told reporters in Rome.

“The Europeans are unhappy but it was pressure from European nations that brought this World Cup to Qatar because there were so many economic interests. Two of these countries are France and Germany... It can’t all be on FIFA,” he said.

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