World Cup 2022: Sepp Blatter says Qatar’s human rights record was not discussed during its World Cup bid to day

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter tells Radio 5 Live’s new podcast series Powerplay that Qatar’s human rights record “was not discussed” during the World Cup bidding process.

Blatter, 86, was president of world football’s governing body when Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010.

He stated that additional “social and cultural conditions” were put in place for potential host countries after the decision and that no such checks took place during Qatar’s bid.

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The Swiss also said a report assessing the suitability of all potential 2022 World Cup hosts gave the Gulf state “the lowest qualification”.

BBC Sport has contacted FIFA and the World Cup Organizing Committee for comment.

Power Play: House of Sepp Blatter is available to listen to on BBC Sounds.

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