If ever there was a time to wake up and realise the state of football, it's now. Money, Money, Money. We see it in the Premier league with billionaire's taking over Chelsea and Manchester City buying immediate success.
But this is not about that, this is directed around FIFA. Sepp Blatter has recently admitted that awarding Qatar the 2022 world cup "may have been a mistake."
It is set to be the first winter World Cup due to it being held in a country that reaches up to 50 degrees during summer days. Who would ever chose a country that is incredibly in-practical to hold the biggest competition on the planet? That's right, FIFA! Spearheaded by president Sepp Blatter.
The controversy surrounding the Qatar World Cup is endless, but one thing is abundantly clear, Money has overridden sense. Similar opinions are shared regarding the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to be hosted in Russia, where stadiums are thousands of miles apart, along with the continuing safety issues arising from there.
Let's say bribes were not involved. We know that two of the original 24 members of FIFA’s executive committee, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, looked willing to trade their votes for money when asked by undercover British reporters posing as bidders. FIFA suspended Temarii and Adamu. Problem solved? In FIFA's eyes you bet.
So no bribes involved then... FIFA, especially Blatter, are very keen on leaving behind a legacy. He wants to be the man who filled in the remaining "missing spots" of football's map. Like with South Africa in 2010, they want to give Russia and Qatar a chance to announce themselves on the football stage. A good enough reason to not award England, Spain/ Portugal or America the competition who would be ready to host tomorrow, given the nature of the stadiums and fan bases in the respected countries. Well, that is what FIFA believe.
How exactly did Qatar, inhabited by a minute 1.5 million people, get the World Cup? To understand, you need to look at its two greatest assets: oil, and Mohammad Bin Hammam, the Qatari who runs the Asian Football Confederation, the largest continental federation on earth. Through clever sponsoring and just sheer power in the game, Qatar received the most votes and will therefore host the 2022 World Cup.
Football has always been about the fans, and rightly so, without us fans there is nothing. However these latest decisions point towards a new era, an era where football is about money. It should not come as a surprise, players have been getting 100k a week for over a decade now, some surpassing 300k a week, it's got to the point of ludicrous.
Whether or not you agree that egotistical billionaires are running the modern day game, one thing is for sure; Hosting a competition which recieves up to a million spectators in a country that only has 1.5m people in, does not add up, FIFA have got this one wrong.
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