London — Sepp Blatter has cast further doubt on the
integrity of World Cup votes, blaming Michel Platini for scuppering an
agreement to award the 2022 tournament to the United States and suggesting
Qatar benefited from collusion.
Blatter, who is suspended as FIFA president, spoke to the
Financial Times almost a year after a FIFA investigation exonerated 2018 host
Russia and 2022 winner Qatar of corruption in winning the contentious dual
votes in 2010.
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Blatter told the FT that there had been a behind-the-scenes
agreement in place: "Let's go to Russia and let's go to the United
Blatter claims this was "changed by governmental
interference" in France before Platini, the UEFA president, voted for
Qatar. Platini denies wrongdoing as do Russia and Qatar.
Blatter also says between "Spain and some South
American voters together with Qatar ... there was some evidence that they had
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