>Thursday Brunch: The Worst Decision Of All Time

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized
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By Evan Ream

I want to start out by saying that I am not bitter that USA did not get the 2022 FIFA World Cup. For those of you that don’t know, today FIFA Officials voted on this and USA lost in the final round 14-8 to Qatar. Earlier in the day Russia won the bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Though it wasn’t the best bid, I’m not bitter about this either. What I am bitter about is that an organization such as FIFA, that prides itself on human rights and fair play, is so obviously corrupt, and there is NOTHING anyone can do about it.

For now, I am just going to focus on the bids for the 2022 World Cup because I am better informed on them. The official final bids for this World Cup were: USA, Qatar, Australia, Japan, and South Korea. Of these bids, USA’s bid included the best infrastructure, stadiums, logistics, and ticket guarantees. USA’s bid was rated the best by FIFA, with Australia coming in second. Unfortunately, Qatar had one thing that USA didn’t have that would prove to be the most vital: the money from oil that made it possible to bribe as many members as possible on the FIFA voting committee, and the moral ambiguity to do it.


If USA wasn’t the choice to host, then Australia was. I get that FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants to leave his legacy on the World Cup before he dies, but how is Qatar leaving a legacy any more than it would be to have Australia host? Furthermore, how do you morally justify giving the World Cup to a region that doesn’t even try to have equal rights for women? The Qatar Wikipedia article says this:Qatar has comparatively liberal laws […] women can legally drive in Qatar”. Apparently letting women drive in Qatar is a big step, which is sad. FIFA banned South Africa from playing soccer during the Apartheid, yet an entire REGION gets rewarded for not treating woman equally the same way South Africa didn’t treat blacks equally. Yah, that makes sense.


If this isn’t about human rights, it can be about Qatar’s lack of a competitive national team. The latest FIFA rankings have Qatar  at 113th place in the poll, just behind the Central African Republic, but ahead of Thailand. On FIFA’s official rankings page, you have to actually go to the THIRD page of teams to find Qatar. There were concerns (raised by FIFA) about South Africa’s ability to field a competitive national team at their own World Cup and now they give it to Qatar?


Finally, who wants to go to Qatar in the summer when it can be up to 120 degrees (a health hazard). Qatar says it will build air conditioned stadiums and training grounds for the players, but what about the majority of the people that are going to be attending. Can they air condition the whole country? Furthermore, I think (and I could be wrong) that people might want to drink at a World Cup. How are they supposed to do this in a country that reportedly recently flogged a tourist for being drunk in public? I just don’t understand any of this.

 

I just want to end this little rant by thanking FIFA. Thank you FIFA for teaching our children that it is okay to treat women as subordinates. Thank you FIFA for teaching us that oil and money make the world go around and that everyone can be bought and sold. Thank you FIFA for teaching us that overall, morals, and ethics come second to money.

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Comments
  1. >another thing is that most places in Qatar aren't even allowed to hold liquor licenses or serve alcohol, so unless they change that policy for the world cup, there will be a lot of unhappy fans..

  2. >Yes, good point. I don't see how any of this is going to work out. -Evan

  3. Anonymous says:

    >Thank u for this post!! I would'nt mind if North Korea or Indonesia host a world cup, at least they have been in a World Cup not like Qatar

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