This is interesting news coming out of the world of international soccer. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was re-elected amidst a major controversy involving bribery allegations. These allegations have cast doubt on the voting that awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup.
Blatter could now be forced into swift action to remove the shadow cast over FIFA as an organization. Most observers agree that the 2022 World Cup should have been awarded to the United States if the voting had been fair. Instead Qatar won after a voting process that has now been exposed as laughably corrupt. FIFA has always been suspected of corruption, but this time the organization has outdone itself.
FIFA’s secretary general Jerome Valcke has confirmed that he sent an email in which he suggested that the 2022 World Cup was “bought.” Apparently Mohammed Bin Hammam, the suspended head of the Asian Football Confederation, offered bribes (listed as “financial incentives”) in exchange for votes that would give his native Qatar the 2022 World Cup. On May 29, Bin Hammam was suspended from all football-related activity pending a full inquiry.
If Blatter does, in fact, separate himself from the controversy surrounding Qatar, he would likely back moving the 2022 World Cup to the US.
In the opinion of many, Blatter has to make some drastic changes to prove that FIFA isn’t just a gigantic international joke. A major sign of change would be for FIFA to extricate itself from the situation in Qatar and move swiftly to send the World Cup to America.