I’m not a sports guru, but I just found out about the world-renowned FIFA controversy. I don’t know a lot about football but after reading a few articles about the topic, I can tell you a few overall issues at hand. Don’t worry, I’ll add links so you can find out more information.
I was reading an article by CNN and I didn’t realize that soccer is the most popular sport in the world – over 240 million people regularly play the game. I also didn’t realize how important hosting the World Cup in your country was either. I was completely clueless on how to even host the World Cup in your country- you could’ve told me that they flipped a coin and I would’ve believed you. Hopefully you not just as clueless as I am. After doing a little reading, I found out that countries bid to have the World Cup hosted in their country and the highest bidder wins. Ta-Da!
Why is hosting the World Cup in your country so important? Well, it stimulates the economy in that particular country. People from all over the world go to watch the World Cup and they spend money – Lots of money. It’s not cheap to bid, but the money that countries make off of hosting FIFA is definitely worth it in the long run. Just think about it, millions of people come to watch football, while they’re there they have to have somewhere to live and eat. If they like the area enough, they may come back to visit on a vacation with friends. Cha-ching.
According to CNN, Americans associated with FIFA are allegedly accused of fraud, racketeering and money laundering for more than 20 years- I just want to know why it has taken so long for them to get caught. Now, that’s a question worth asking. Other countries that have allegedly done the same thing are Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.
Election Day is around the corner, so some Europeans’ want the election postponed to ensure that the corruption doesn’t affect the election. Sepp Blatter has been the president for 17 years, and it’s predicted that he’ll win again, but the Europeans of the soccer governing body wants to make sure that no corruption is taking place, and if there is, they want to end it. Right now, he isn’t being charged or indicted with anything, but they just want to be careful.
The scandal is making a few lucrative sponsors of FIFA worried about their reputation. Sponsors like Visa, Adidas, McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Budweiser are even thinking about reassessing their contract with FIFA. I wonder what’s going to happen to FIFA after this scandal boils over, will the Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups be moved?