Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Qatar "might" have been rigged

The Daily Telegraph donned their special detective glasses today and broke a story about FIFA being corrupt.  I couldn't believe it either.


That's the story above, next to a better picture of Mick Jagger than all of the other newspapers.  I'd never been genuinely offended by anything in print media before I saw the Mail's front page today, and I have seen some weird stuff.

If any of this is true then it kind of undermines most of the stuff FIFA has ever done and confirms the suspicions of many that the headquarter meetings basically look this:


Ho ho ho.  The very fact that Qatar, a nation not particularly well known for its links to football, and with a climate that would necessitate rearranging WORLD football in order to move the tournament to winter, was chosen seemed slightly odd at first.  But then again, football and money go hand in hand like capitalism and money.  If the sight of various footballers dying on screen from heat exhaustion doesn't get you excited, then hopefully the 800 betting adverts per interval will.

Speaking of which, while you'd suspect that if the actual tournament host was rigged then the games might not be any better off, most people will have a sneaky suspicion as to who will win the World Cup.  These days you can bet on goals scored, red cards, how many prostitutes will be in the hotel room after the match and several more.

Perhaps you will bet on Italy to win the World Cup on penalties against Brazil and twist that old final back in the Azzurri's hands or maybe you think Lionel Messi will score 18 hat tricks and if you do you should seek medical help.  You can bet on the world cup here by the way http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/world-cup-2014/Home.html

Anyway, The Telegraph said:
A senior Fifa official and his family were paid almost $2 million (£1.2m) from a Qatari firm linked to the country’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup, The Telegraph can disclose.
Jack Warner, the former vice-president of Fifa, appears to have been personally paid $1.2 million (£720,000) from a company controlled by a former Qatari football official shortly after the decision to award the country the tournament. 
I would never have guessed this before now.  Qatar just seemed so friendly and inviting!  Apart from the heat that can literally kill a human just being outside, or that most of their slaves keep dying trying to build stadiums.  Oh and that gay people aren't allowed there.

We got in touch with Jack Warner to ask him why he was paid this money but he told me to 'watch out behind you!' and then when I turned around he was gone.  It must have been something pretty cool.  Wish I'd seen it!