We all knew that football’s world governing body was a joke, but it simply isn’t funny anymore.
Please read quote below and try hard to not get so irritatated by the content that you feel yourself throwing your computer monitor at an innocent bystander.
England’s 2018 World Cup bid has been “significantly harmed” by a newspaper investigation into the bidding process, says a key member of the campaign team.
A member of the Fifa executive committee previously claimed there would be no backlash against England.
But it now seems the Sunday Times probe into two members of the committee has left England with a mountain to climb ahead of the vote on 2 December.
“It has significantly harmed England’s bid,” a senior member told BBC Sport.
With four weeks to go to the decision, England’s bid team has not given up all hope of turning the situation around. (BBC Sport)
OK, so now attempt to calm down for a second and prepare for a rant of epic proportions.
What the hell is going on. How did this happen. How the hell did an investigation, a successful one as it turns out, to look into the corrupt practices that are rife within FIFA somehow lead to the England 2018 bid being detrimentally affected? How can this be the case? It makes no sense. There are even moves from the England bid team to defuse the situation and to even consider cow towing to football’s governing body and maybe even apologizing on behalf of the Sunday Times. How can this be right? Am I missing something? Is this a case of FIFA’s Anti-England bias going into overdrive?
Let’s get the facts straight. Firstly if an English newspaper decides to run an investigation into FIFA’s Executive Committee members, that is for them to do so. The English FA has no power to stop it and would be ill advised to have done so. Quite apart from the fact that the investigation appears to have shown a number of that committee to have acted inappropriately, the idea that Sepp Blatter can then use this excuse to shy away from awarding the 2018 World Cup to England is mind-boggling, even by FIFA standards.
However let’s also get this straight. This behaviour is clearly a knee-jerk reaction by FIFA to an investigation they would rather have never seen take place. Clearly they do not want the world to see how they operate and are looking to punish England for doing so. This represents the ultimate corruption within the organization.
Think also about the way in which the Russian Bid chair’s comments about England somehow ended up with the England bid team withdrawing a complaint against such comments in order to not further damage their bid. How can that also be a fair and reasoned sequence of events.
Chief Executive of the Russian campaign to host the 2018 World Cup Alexei Sorokin made offensive comments about England, the type of comments that are explicitly forbidden in the run up to announcement of whom will be successful in their bid to host the show-piece tournament.
The England bidding team then quite rightly made a protest to such comments and somehow they were forced/persuaded to withdraw the complaint and were left being told by insiders that making such a complaint will have in all likelihood have harmed their chances of winning the bid. Insanity reigns supreme.
It is high time that FIFA had a clean up operation akin to that which the IOC went through in the mid to late 1990s. To have a secret ballot in this day and age is absurd in the extreme and simply helps cement opinions that votes can, and are, bought by all and sundry.
Invitations by prospective host countries to committee members must stop, albeit apart from the general gathering of all officials on specific launch dates for individual bids. Something has to be done to clean up FIFA but the main obstacle to progress are those who current sit on it’s Executive Committee, asking for a change in attitude and direction from these guys is like asking Turkey’s to vote for Christmas.
It seems that any change England did have, and it seemed almost impossible considering the anti-English bias within FIFA, have all but vanished due to a handy set of excuses that Sepp Blatter and co can now use to justify their decision to award the 2018 World Cup to another nation.