Blatter: FIFA will not be moved on Qatar
By Football News
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, despite ongoing protests and planning complications.
Blatter has flagged a likely move from summer to winter for world football's pinnacle event, due to the soaring temperatures in the Middle East nation in mid-year.
Such a move has wide-reaching consequences, however, most notably a destructive effect on European football leagues, but Blatter has reinforced that - one way or another - the minnow football nation will host the event in nine years' time.
"The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played well in Qatar," Blatter said at the culmination of a two-day FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.
"We talked a lot.
"Now we're going to do a consultation with all participants: players, clubs, leagues, federations, confederations and FIFA.
"But also economic partners: marketing, media, television. We must consider our obligations with our partners."
Blatter has not ruled out compensating football leagues that will be thrown out of sync by a World Cup in January.
"This will be an outcome of the discussion and the consultation that is made and then we will see what will be the result if we are going to play in winter, what are the consequences on liabilities that FIFA has towards sponsors and others or to the leagues and all the professional organisations," the 77-year-old said.
"But I cannot foresee what it will be, unfortunately I am not a prophet."
The Swiss football administrator has also had to respond to reports of poor working conditions on the sites where World Cup stadiums are being constructed.
"We cannot turn a blind eye to this (working conditions in Qatar)," Blatter said.
"This affects us. But it is not a direct intervention of FIFA who will change that.
"Only Qatar may intervene and Qatar has confirmed that it would intervene.
"The executive committee requested the FIFA president to go on an official courtesy visit in Qatar, and meet the new Emir (of Qatar)."