DeAndre Yedlin of the United States holds the ball during the World Cup, group B soccer match between the United States and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
Darko Vojinovic, Associated Press
It’s no coincidence of course that Netflix released a documentary called “FIFA Uncovered” just a week before the men’s World Cup got underway in, of all places, Qatar. It’s a good reminder — in case anyone forgot — that FIFA has been rife with corruption in the form of kickbacks and bribes, etc., etc., for decades, operating behind closed doors with no accountability. Qatar was at the tipping point.
The U.S. Department of Justice formally announced last year that Russia and Qatar bribed FIFA officials to win their bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, (there have also been allegations that South Africa won the bid with a $10 million bribe). Millions of dollars were slipped to FIFA officials to secure the bid in Qatar.
Even FIFA officials knew that as soon as Qatar was selected as host that it would bring trouble, and in fact, it was the catalyst that brought FIFA to its knees and resulted in the arrest of 14 current and former FIFA officials in 2015. (Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Russian officials told FIFA officials who were investigating the bid that they could not provide the computers used during the process because they had all been destroyed.)
Shortly after the arrests, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters, “(FIFA officials) … held important responsibilities at every level, from building soccer fields for children in developing countries to organizing the World Cup … instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their own interests and enrich themselves.”
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Bribery is about the only explanation for the selection of Doha, Qatar, as World Cup host. It doesn’t have the population, the soccer tradition, the following, the weather conditions, location or infrastructure to host such an event. It’s a country about twice the size of Delaware with an average summer temperature of 109 degrees and widely regarded as a high-security risk.
Its economy relies heavily on the hiring of desperately poor foreign workers and Qatar has long been accused of exploiting and abusing them — …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News
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