FIFA Corruption nothing new here

2014-06-27 11:37

With the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil, there has been a lot written about the corruption allegations relating to the 22nd edition to be held in Qatar. The allegations have been vehemently publicised even prompting major sponsors of the tournament to request a formal investigation into the matter.

An official investigation has been launched by a supposedly "independent" FIFA ethics committee, which is due to be released in the coming weeks. Allegations already abound that the investigation ignored evidence and was manipulated to selectively investigate some claims and ignore others. It is clear that this investigation is tainted and was always like to be. Had FIFA been honest in their quest for the truth, they would have set up an independent body to investigate the claims, not an in-house ethics committee, that is open to manipulation and influence. Through out all the voting rounds Qatar lead the result, winning the final round 14 - 8, that is a whopping 64% of the delegates. it probably would have been more had all the delegates voted as 2 of them were suspended due to allegation of corruption regarding their votes.

The Qatar World Cup bid was at a disadvantage before it even began considering all the obstacles it had to overcome in order for it to win such as human rights, workers right, LGBT , climate, drinking laws, stadia, etc. it was infeasible that their bid would be the winning bid. Which leaves us with the question of how then did they win it.

It seems we all know the answer and no investigation regardless who conducts it will convince us otherwise. In fact, all we have to do is look at the history of the organization in question. Numerous corruption scandals have been allegedly committed by FIFA through the years, the list is endless. Who can forget the cash for contracts scandal or the last presidential election and closer to home the 2006 World Cup bid won by Germany After a certain Mr Charlie Dempsey abstained even though his association instructed him to vote for South Africa. Fact is FIFA is the epitome of corruption and by the look of thing this latest scandal will be covered up like all the others. After all a 110 year old organization that has been corrupt since inception, clearly has the expertise to overcome any controversy 


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