Blatter again defends WC decisions

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has used the official closing of the World Cup in South Africa to defend his organisation's decision to award future tournaments to first-time hosts Russia and Qatar.

Speaking at Soccer City, the venue for the 2010 final, Blatter said: “We shall go to new territories.”

Fifa President Sepp Blatter used his time in SA to defend his organisation's decision to award Qatar and Russia WC hosting rights. Credit: Getty Images

He added: “Don't speak about money. This (the future World Cups) has nothing to do with money. It has to do with football development.”

Blatter also said there will be a $100 million fund for football development in South Africa, but says $20 million has already been spent on the South African Football Association's new headquarters and part of the organising of the tournament. – Sapa-AP

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