Just incase the url doesnt show up: hxxp://www.ibtimes.com/fifa-bribery-scandal-qatar-2022-issues-casting-shadow-over-brazil-2014-1596296
There is little doubt that FIFA would have wished for more positive headlines entering the latest staging of their showpiece event. The 2014 World Cup
has already proved one of the most problematic for soccer’s governing body, with delays over the building of stadiums and protests in Brazil about
the way in which public money has been spent, distracting coverage from the potential action on the pitch and causing plenty of headaches at FIFA
headquarters. While events in Brazil will be the immediate concern, there is another issue that refuses to go away and threatens to cast a far bigger
shadow over the organization. The release of documents by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper last week, detailing fresh allegations about bribes
changing hands in order to secure Qatar the 2022 World Cup, has ramped up the controversy about the award of the competition to the small desert
nation with little history of soccer.
I think an organization that has the power to influence a country to bribe them should be shocking political news. Let me just say going into it as a
former soccer player for NCAA that decided not to go pro because of things like this at the college level, this has always been of interest to me. I
am adamantly against the exploitation of the players and I vehemetly detest big salaries for a schoolyard game.
FIFA has grown into an entity that doesn't give a rip about the sport; instead it has grown into its own powerhouse entity that can dictate to
countries and bully them into going into debt (if necessary) to satiate their own greed. Brazil has come under scrutiny and in some cases pity from
the railroading they have gotten from this year's World Cup. Fifa is making a little shy 1.5 billion from them for this World Cup. Brazil could not
afford updating the stadiums or building new ones so protesting and riots from the people happened and FIFA's response was Goodfellas.
Hey Brazil, no money to build stadiums and update that 70s design, # you pay me.
Hey Brazil, can't move merch from top blue chip sponsors, # you pay me.
Then they turned on the corporate sponsors the same quip.
Hey Coca Cola, don't like our bribes, # you pay us for advertising OR ELSE.
Hey Addidas, don't like our bullying of Brazil, # you pay us for advertising OR ELSE.
Hey Sony, think you are going to investigate us, # you pay us MORE for advertising we won't show.
All of this coming after the scandal of Qatar bribing their way to host FIFA next:
Where are the ethics of sportsmanship and the principles of the game? Its bad enough the bribery is going back now a few years and more and more
corruption keeps coming out.
With the economies of the world in dire straits, the least ballclubs can do is exploit the countries it heavily owes its bread and butter to. When
the world economies fall asunder I doubt they will take all this revenue and aid the people that have supported them. I hope the countries apart of
FIFA will leave (even though it isnt likely) and start their own championships in their own respective countries to knock them back down a peg or two.