FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that he expects the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be postponed, despite the fact that the tournament has not yet been officially called off.
The announcement came during a question and answer session with reporters on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the 2022 tournament, in which Blatter said the tournament had been postponed because of “political reasons.”
“The FIFA Congress decided to postpone the 2022 Confederations Cup because of political reasons,” Blatter, who has not held office since being impeached in 2019, said.
“They want to postpone it because they don’t like the results.”
Blatter has been under increasing pressure from European football federations and the media over his decision to hold the World Cup in Russia.
Last week, the UEFA president announced that the governing body had voted to hold an emergency meeting to decide whether to postpone Russia’s bid for the tournament, which was due to be held in February 2019.
“There is no legal obligation for FIFA to postpone,” UEFA President Michel Platini said at a press conference in Zurich.
“The president of FIFA can’t impose his will.”
Platini said that if the meeting failed to agree on the postponement, he would ask the European soccer federations to do so.