Could The United States Get The 2022 World Cup After All?

June 2, 2011 – 7:41 am by Ryan Phillips

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.


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  1. 8 Responses to “Could The United States Get The 2022 World Cup After All?”

  2. No way this happens, but nice idea.

    By FireBobBradley on Jun 2, 2011

  3. FIFA has been corrupt on all levels for many years, not only at the administration level but also on the playing field, through the enormously dad refereeing. How many refrees has FIFA bought in past world cups? Look back at some of the games and see wether or not certain teams were eliminated from competition stricly because of corrupt refrees I love the game but it is ruined by FIFA and UEFA. Bothorganizations need a huge clean-up, from top to bottom.

    By carlos on Jun 3, 2011

  4. THAT would be epic. Let’s hope this happens.

    By Chris on Jun 3, 2011

  5. I hope that the 2022 award is revoked and Qatar kicked out !!!
    How can a country that practices slavery be ELIGIBLE to even bid for FIFA World cup????

    Like many others here in qatar, i have no rights to choose my job…IF a better job oppurtunity arises, i cannot apply for it as i am under a Qatari sponsor, who must release me… btw, i have been qatar for about 20+years…

    but i still work as if i arrived here yesterday…

    By A Qatar Expat on Jun 4, 2011

  6. As an American I hope this is true I yelled foul as soon as i found out that Qatar won it On ESPN there were rumblings before the selection that Qatar was bribing people to vote for Qatar

    By Soccer Fan on Jun 4, 2011

  7. I suggest that it goes back to the United States since they had more potential than Qatar. And plus, FIFA should replace Atlanta, GA with Chicago, IL as one of the host cities since Atlanta lacks efficient transportation and diversity while Chicago, IL has more efficient transportation and cultural diversity.

    By LR on Aug 1, 2011

  8. It would be nice if the US hosted the cup, but even if it doesn’t, please not Qatar.

    By Brett Peterson on May 21, 2013

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