In the process Platini, primarily by upsetting the US so much it unleashed its financial attack dogs, has brought the whole FIFA pack of cards down, including his bid to be boss.
Speaking to the Financial Times' Malcolm Moore, the 79-year-old's comments cast further doubt over the legitimacy of the bidding process and also undermine his former ally Platini, 60.
‘If you see my face when I opened it, I was not the happiest man to say it is Qatar. Definitely not,’ Blatter said.
He goes on to say that there had been a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ among FIFA’s leaders that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will go to the ‘two superpowers’ - Russia and the USA.
- The suspended FIFA president has said the FIFA were set to hand the 2022 tournament to the USA, but Platini backed out of a 'gentleman's agreement'
- FIFA chiefs had agreed that the 2018 and 2022 competitions would go to the 'two superpowers' Russia and the US, the Swiss says
- But a week before the vote in December 2010, Blatter said Platini backed out
- 'I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France,' Platini alleged to have said