Decision to hold 2018 competition in Russia diplomatically arranged to rig vote, - Blatter

There had been a “gentleman’s agreement” among Fifa’s leaders for giving the 2018 competition to Russia.

Suspended president of FIFA Sepp Blatter said to Financial Times, Censor.NET reports.

Blatter confessed he did try to rig the vote but for the U.S., not for Qatar.

He told the FT reporter that there had been a "gentleman's agreement" among Fifa's leaders that the 2018 and 2022 competitions would go to the "two superpowers" Russia and the U.S.

"It was behind the scenes. It was diplomatically arranged to go there," Blatter is quoted saying.

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The last minute, the deal was off because of "the governmental interference of Mr Sarkozy", who Blatter claims encouraged Michel Platini to vote for Qatar, the FT reports.

"Just one week before the election I got a telephone call from Platini and he said, 'I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider... the situation of France.' And he told me that this will affect more than one vote because he had a group of voters," Blatter commented.

As known, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini were suspended for 90 days due to large anti-corruption investigations in the Federation. According to investigators, FIFA officials received nearly $150 mln in bribes over 24 years.

Swiss police has also brought criminal charges against people connected with money laundering during the 2018 (Russia) and 2022 (Qatar) competitions voting.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n358533