Sepp Blatter
Fifa President Sepp Blatter (R) and the Chairman of Qatar 2022 bid committee Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani Getty

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has reportedly told football executives that Qatar will be stripped of the 2022 World Cup.

The head of football's governing body allegedly told members of the Norwegian FA that "the 2022 World Cup won't take place in Qatar" at a dinner last month.

German newspaper Der Speigel claims the Norwegian FA has neither confirmed nor denied Blatter's comments, which come after a number of Fifa members suggested moving the World Cup away from the summer months, when temperatures in Qatar reach potentially dangerous highs.

Der Spiegel's source also claimed the 78-year-old called Qatar's rulers "arrogant" and said that "they think they're allowed to do anything with their money." He also allegedly rebuked the Qatari Sheikhs for backing terror group Isis.

Controversy has raged since the showpiece tournament was awarded to Qatar in 2010, with calls being made to publish voters' ballots.

In response to the claims, a Fifa spokesperson told IBTimes UK the claims in Der Spiegel were "unfounded."