Sepp Blatter has accused RFEF President Angel Maria Villar of entering “some sort of coalition” with South America in voting Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Blatter is currently suspended from his role of FIFA chief for alleged embezzlement, but he has now claimed that Villar, who is also one of 79-year-old’s Vice-Presidents, colluded with officials from South American associations to secure votes for the Arab state.
Furthermore, the Swiss admitted he “wasn’t the happiest man in the world” when he revealed Qatar as the host nation for 2022, having expected to pull out the United States.
“If you saw my face when I opened the envelope, I wasn’t the happiest man in the world to say Qatar,” he told Financial Times.
“There was some sort of agreement between Spain and some South American countries to vote for Qatar, along the lines of ‘if you vote for me, I’ll vote for you’.
“It wasn’t an agreement, but there was evidence that some sort of coalition took place.”
Villar is already being investigated for failing to cooperate with Michael Garcia’s inquest into the voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and could be banned from football for five years if Blatter’s allegations are found to have substance.