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FIFA President: European Politicians Pushed Qatar as 2022 World Cup Choice

Heads of government supported Qatar because of financial interests with the country

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Top European politicians pressured world soccer's governing body (FIFA) to award the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

The tiny and energy-rich Gulf state was awarded the World Cup three years ago in a surprise decision which Blatter said was partly because of European politicians urging FIFA members to vote for it.

h/t Adama