As soon as Russia and Qatar were awarded their respective World Cups in 2018 and 2022, the whole world suspected foul play.
Allegations of bribery and deceit are now serious criminal charges being led by the FBI against FIFA, and the case looks strong indeed. In December 2010, 22 members of FIFA's executive committee voted on the host nations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
World Cup corruption?
Since then, many of these voters have faced serious corruption allegations and charges. Two of those voters were among the officials arrested in Zurich. In addition to this, three other members of the committee - Mohammed Bin Hammam, Ricardo Terra Teixeira and Chuck Blazer - all resigned in disgrace after having to withstand corruption allegations since 2010.
To add even further evidence to this committee being corrupt, only 22 members were even allowed to vote, instead of the usual 24. This is because two of the members, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, were suspended and denied votes over corruption charges prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Although the recent arrests were not directly related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, it calls into question the integrity of those who voted for them. Surely there is enough grounds to hold a re-vote of these two World Cups now?
England ready to step up
If there is a re-vote, England would be the by far the best option for the next World Cup. All the facilities and stadia are already in place. There would be no 60,000-seat stadiums made solely for the competition that would just be left to gather dust as the world moves on.
Wembley would be such an iconic venue for the final and would be a great ending to a great tournament.
Spreading the game
FIFA tried to justify awarding Qatar the 2022 World Cup by saying that it is a global game and it should be spread across the world for all fans to enjoy. I fully agree with this, but it's ridiculous to bring football's biggest competition to a place where it is barely played. What is it worth to build glorious, state of the art stadiums for one months use?
The 2022 World Cup would be much better off in the United States, where they have proper facilities, a high regard for worker safety and a fan base which won't allow the sad World Cup legacy of South Africa and Brazil to be repeated.
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