Thanks to the long suffering of the publication of the report Garcia into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World cup, we now know that England’s efforts to secure the 2018 tournament amounted to a “form of corruption”. Obviously, the only thing less surprising than the fact that England break the rules is to know how bad they are at it. If the England bid team is never in the 30 sniffs winner of the World Cup, once again offers, no effort should be spared to study the way in which they do business. They are, in the words of pursed lips of grandmothers, no more than they should be.
For the moment, however, that England is still as likely to win a World Cup bid, as they do to win a World Cup, and we need to turn our thoughts to the more pressing issues raised by the report of Fifa, the then head of the ethics investigator. To know – and I don’t want a lack of respect to the emir and his accidental vagina stadium Qatar World Cup a thought experiment?
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It is, after all, be placed in a region where the imagineers build a ski resorts in the desert and raise hotel citadels of the ocean and whatnot. Given the volume and variety of red flags now focused on Qatar 2022, surely we should at least consider the possibility that the whole of the event and its accumulation is highly sophisticated, real-time simulation that is specifically designed to unravel the moral limits of a number of authorities of Fifa, to our own Association Football?
And you know … I don’t think that we are crossing here. I don’t think we’ve answered a lot of questions in a manner pleasing to our theoretical moral philosophy professor.
The more we learn about the Qatar World Cup, the more we must ask ourselves: what would it be in reality? What would it actually take for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino to say: it is possible, we have dropped a bollock here? It is juuuuuust possible that the worst thing about a notional of Qatar of the World Cup was not the fact that the country is often more than 50 degrees in the summer and has as much genuine interest in football as your average Conservative sports minister. What would it do?
Another drop of water has failed to break the camel’s back, this small, recent issue of the Saudi Arabia-led blockade
More than what we’ve seen so far, is the harshness of the response. I mean, we had the slave of death. It was OK with the slave of death. Despite the evidence, the Fifa never demanded the end of the kafala system, in which the rights of migrant workers working on the Qatar infrastructure projects have been ill-treated, denied, and the subject is extremely critical reports from the likes of Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. This seems to have been a price of Fifa was willing to pay. Not to pay himself, of course – they have, without a face, under contract aid from the Philippines or Nepal or where to pay for them. And we don’t know how many have paid in the construction of stadiums and the concomitant infrastructure due to Qatar is the secret on the reality of the figures, or studied indifference to the catalogue. But clearly, the tournament is still on. The deaths were not a dealbreaker.
Given that it is not surprising to find the terms and conditions of the worker migrant camps were not. Another drop of water has failed to break the camel’s back, this small, recent issue of the Saudi Arabia-led economic and diplomatic blockade of Qatar. For several weeks, this dispute is deepening. In fact, there are some sporting bodies who would read reports containing phrases such as “food storage”, “license financing of terrorism” and “imminent the prospect of the destabilization of regional conflict” and asks me if those who were not of the vague warning signs as to the wisdom of the location of your football contest, it does. But these people simply don’t have what it takes to work within Fifa.
There has been no real comment on the storm by Fifa – that is, I forgot to mention, sponsored by Qatar Airways (because no aspect of the modern sports-industrial complex is regarded as a good joke, unless you’re really knocked around the head with it). What Fifa has done, instead of issuing a statement saying that it is seriously to reconsider the location of his tournament, is to issue a statement assuring the people that the construction is progressing quickly on Qatar 2022 stadiums. Swings and roundabouts, isn’t it? Of course, there are rumours of war in the Middle East. On the positive side, however, the fanny stage food court on the calendar.
Thus, as shown, these small problems are not going to overturn the 2022 apple cart, much less the gravy train. And now, we have finally seen the confidential Garcia report, three years after he was publicly “summary” in a controversial manner by the Fifa ethics judge, Joachim Eckert, that it prompted the resignation of Garcia.
Michael Garcia’s Fifa report facilitates the Russia and Qatar World Cup fears
We learned that the ex-ExCo members congratulated the members of the federation of Qatar, thanking them for their “support” immediately after Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament. A month later of €300 000 has found its way into his bank account. Other highlights? The $2 million paid by an adviser to the Qatar bid, in the savings account of a then Fifa Executive committee member of the 10‑year‑old daughter. The three voting members of the ExCo private‑bath by the federation of Qatar to an evening in Rio. The money from the Aspire sports academy in Qatar used for “thank you” with a right of voting Fifa members. She is going to. Garcia found the Aspire actions “served to undermine the integrity of the bidding process”. Even Eckert’s summary that they were “not suited to compromising the integrity of the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding process”. To which the rational response is: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Compromise, which, sorry? The single tender process with less of the integrity of the Fifa bidding process is that between the cartels, the ownership of a rookie in Mexican police officer.
And yet, the Qatar 2022 sails on regardless. What might possibly be the Fifa that the line in the sand? Where the useless Infantino to draw the line? The plague? Actual war? You’d hope that we could be close to find, but on the form of the book, you don’t hold your breath.