If it looks like a scam, feels like a scam, smells like a scam and overwhelmingly appears to be a scam, then it is probably the bidding process for awarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup, one that was ultimately won by Qatar. Suspicions that things may not be on the up-and-up regarding the matter began swirling among media members and football fans even before it was announced that Qatar had been picked as the host site for the 2022 World Cup, and all indications following the news that was first broken during the final week of May 2015 seem to show that the vote was, at the very least, tainted.
The current state of FIFA is, as of the posting of this piece, up in the air. Indictments against soccer officials from around the world, including the United States, have threatened to flip the international game on its head, and there is already speculation that both the 2018 World Cup and 2022 World Cup sites could be under re-votes depending on what is learned and released by the FBI and IRS in the near future. It may, due to construction processes, contracts and other matters, be too late to uproot the 2018 World Cup that is currently scheduled to take place in Russia.
The same cannot be said about the Qatar World Cup, but only if immediate action is made. FIFA owes it to everybody involved – fans, players, uncorrupted officials, sponsors and the beautiful games, itself – to make things right and elect to move the 2022 World Cup as quickly as humanly possible. Whether it is the United States, Australia, England or some other nation that gets to host the biggest party in all of world football in the summer of 2022 is right now irrelevant. The time to do what, truth be told, should have been done all the way back in 2013 has arrived.
10 The death tolls
9 The lies
8 The scheduling conflicts
7 Other countries deserve it
6 FIFA owes the United States a solid
5 Avoid protests
4 Appease sponsors
3 The bid was (allegedly) bought
2 Time to plan
1 End the cycle
Any and all cynicism football fans may have had about FIFA at the start of May 2015, there is a big difference between believing an institution is corrupt and seeing all of the evidence that points to those ideas being correct. It has been dark times for FIFA and for the game as of late, and odds are that the stories are going to get worse before they get better. Keeping the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is unnecessary bad press that FIFA and the sport does not need. Having a rebid for the tournament is, for lack of a better description, the right thing to do. Make it so, FIFA.
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