I don't even know what to say about it at this point. On top of already installed concerns about things like human trafficking, forced labor and various rights issues, we've been over selection BS that now seems trivial if remembered at all, the bait-and-switch on summer realities, winter fantasies and now news like this on the road to World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Upon learning something like this, I tend to try my damnedest to understand how it could possibly be... which is to say that I fail miserably to understand. You see, stuff like this does not only makes me 99.999999% sure I would refuse an assignment at any Qatar World Cup in the foreseeable future. No, it also makes me ponder the notion of voluntarily walking away from a job I love just to keep FIFA's stink off my personal sense of humanity. As the years go by, tangentially working under Sepp Blatter's filthy umbrella, it eats at me. I always wanted to see the world, but now I think there is yet another place that isn't worth the human cost of seeing it. Then, of course, I eventually remember that the whole reason I do this job is so all of you don't need to spend the day massaging your temples over all the depressing nonsense that goes on in the world.
I don't have every answer, but there needs to come a day when the sport's global organization is either turned proper to some appreciable extent or usurped by a breakaway conglomeration. To be perfectly frank, I should call for it more even if it's not really "my area of the pitch" in this game. It is simply unacceptable that FIFA can't be bothered to know shit about shit when there's money to be grubbed - which, in today's soccer calendar, translates to ummm always.
In summary, I feel quite aggravated. Maybe I'm a dreaming idiot, but I hope you'll join me.
- Greg Seltzer