Soccer Magazine

We're Just as Bad as the Rest of Them

By Can We Play You Every Week? @canweplayblog
We're Just as Bad as the Rest of Them
‘Fix’, ‘cheats’, ‘disgrace’ and ‘an utter shambles’ were just some of the words and phrases used by the British media to describe the FIFA 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process last December. Three months on however, after a request by the BBC under the freedom of information act, it has been learned that England’s very own bid team were not as distant as they liked to portray from the secret deals and agreements it was vilifying late last year.
Secret emails between the British Foreign Office and embassy officials in Qatar made it quite clear that the England bid team wished to establish a voting alliance between the England 2018 bid and Qatar’s 2022 bid through the help of the Duke of York’s relationship with the Qatari royal family. This comes from the same England bid team that accused Spain and Portugal of breaking FIFA rules by forming a similar voting alliance with the Middle Eastern nation.
Now I am not writing to clear the name of FIFA, in fact far from it; any individual that watched the now infamous Panorama programme televised on the 29th November of last year or read Andrew Jennings’ fantastic book, Foul! The Secret World of FIFA, will know quite categorically just how corrupt, racist and despicable that institution in Zurich really is. My purpose here is to question the double standards of the England bid team.
Yes I can understand their frustration in losing out to two Blue Square Premier nations when it comes to football, and that statement really doesn’t do justice to the teams in that division, but why go out and accuse your fellow FIFA members of secret voting agreements and corruption when they too were going about the exact same thing themselves.
At first I was proud of our bid team in leading the way in calling for reform in the FIFA establishment, but now I sit here saddened, as I realise that we’re just as bad as the rest of them.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • The European Union Just Made Bioenergy Worse for Biodiversity

    European Union Just Made Bioenergy Worse Biodiversity

    While some complain that the European Union (EU) is an enormous, cumbersome beast (just ask the self-harming Brexiteers), it generally has some rather laudable... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Bradshaw
    ENVIRONMENT
  • The Romantics

    Romantics

    These two words conjure an image in my mind of running through fields with flowers in my hand and my beloved running after me, very much like the Bollywood film... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Lesson 1570- Life Lessons I Want My Kids to Know

    Lesson 1570- Life Lessons Want Kids Know

    We just back from a family vacation on Cape Cod. It’s the one week of the year that we all go barefoot, drink cold beers in the afternoon, read books in the... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Wendythomas
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, HOME, PETS, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey at Boots & Hearts 2018 Interview

    Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey Boots Hearts 2018 Interview

    Tebey teased his last-minute addition to Boots Hearts 2018 through his social media channels, and then he came on out to the Burl's Creek Event Grounds and wa... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Phjoshua
    LIFESTYLE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

    Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

    Summer is almost over, and there is a chill in the air, so it's not hard to think of the cold season coming soon. And with it - coughs, colds and sore throats. Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt
    FAMILY, FINANCE, SHOPPING
  • 7 Physical Signs Your Partner Is Sleeping With Someone Else

    Let us put aside the idea of a perfect world where people love their lovers honestly, with all their heart and would never ever cheat on them, where all... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Naijapary
    SOCIETY, A-CLASSER
  • Home Decor: A Garden for Every Space

    Home Decor: Garden Every Space

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Rashmi Gopal Rao
    DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL

Magazines