Financial greed convinced leading European politicians to put pressure on FIFA members to vote for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed that there was influence from high powers in Europe to have the tournament, which takes place in just under a decade, to be held in the Middle East for the very first time.
"Yes, definitely there was direct political influences,” Blatter told German magazine Die Zeit.
"European leaders recommended to their voting members to vote for Qatar, because they have great economic interests with this country."
Blatter also said he was investigating the bidding process which lead to Qatar being handed the rights for the 2022 World Cup.
"We have set up a new, independent ethics commission to re-examine the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar," added Blatter.