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The Politics of Football: Is FIFA laughing all the way to the (Swiss) bank

Monday, June 16, 2014

 

The World Cup is underway and despite England's loss to the Italians there is much to be positive about the team's future even if it is not in the present tournament.

However, against the backdrop of the 2014 festival of football in Brazil are the growing calls for Qatar to be stripped of its right to host the 2022 competition. The Sunday Times newspaper has uncovered a web of deceit, lies, bribery, corruption and multi-million pound slush funds at the very top of the FIFA organisation.

"The Qatar decision baffled
everyone except their delegation and perhaps Sepp Blatter"

The decision to award Qatar the World Cup was always one that baffled most right minded people. Here was a small Gulf State with no football heritage and summer temperatures close to that of your average oven. It is clear to everyone that the bid process was a sham, the votes were simply purchased and not cast on the quality of the individual bids (watch the footage when they announce the winner; no-one is clapping).

FIFA must do its politics better.

It cannot award the World Cup on the basis of corruption and the highest bidder with the fattest brown envelope, nor can it do business with countries that cannot abide by basic standards of human behaviour and conduct. Russia, awarded the 2018 competition is argued by many to be run by homophobic, racist gangsters and thugs – so much for ‘Kicking Racism out of Football” and the laughable ‘Fair Play’ agenda.

The politics of FIFA are simply a disgrace. The organisation is not fit for purpose and to say root and branch reform is required is putting it mildly if the governing body of world football ever wants to be taken seriously again. 

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