Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let me get this straight...

So smoldering Qatar can bribe their way into hosting the World Cup 2022 with a bunch of nonsense technological promises, move the tourney to winter, run the contruction of what essentially amounts to a city for the tourney on slave labor and now arrest journalists they invited to document the conditions experienced by those imported slaves without any repercussions whatsoever, but CONMEBOL may be stripped of a berth if FIFA thinks the sanctions handed to club side Boca Juniors over a single incident are not severe enough.

What in the proper f***? I have said it before and I will say it again: I will not cover or even watch a single minute of a World Cup held in Qatar in 2022. Hell to the no. I would ask how these people look in a mirror, but clearly they have no reflections.





- Greg Seltzer

7 comments:

justinwkoehn said...

Do the football associations have no power to assert pressure here? All you'd need is CONMEBOL and UEFA to pull out, and its a done deal. The WC would be held where ever the hell they'd like.

DaM said...

Preach it brother!
@justin: sad as it may be, money talks. the only thing that will change anything is sponsors dropping out.

justinwkoehn said...

Funny you say that...Coke and Visa released statements today citing concerns over the deplorable working conditions.

DaM said...

yes, but not exactly promising to do anything. alas, somewhat tersely written letters don't exactly scream "fix this or we leave!" thats who activists should be targetting "adidas supports slavery in qatar" and try to force them into the dialogue even if its a denial.

Kirk Diggler said...

I've been thinking this fro the longest time.

The German, English, Italian and Spanish FA's only need to say they will not release their players and the Qatar WC will be history. It's that simple.

All the best players play in those 4 leagues. They have more power than FIFA, even if they don't realize it yet. The problem may be that the corruption runs deep and those FA's are every bit as bad as FIFA? I'd rather think not. It's money that guides the FA's and they are the ones who will be losing it to FIFA.

And what of the Confederations Cup? Clearly they are not moving that to Fall/Winter as well. Where's that being held?

Dany Tzvi said...

the problem is once somebody (an FA, confederation, etc.) pull out, they go to war with FIFA, an organization sitting on top of a $5b+ pile of cash. i'd love to see that fight, but i doubt we will

Danny Boy said...

I agree. Even if the USMNT has a team to win it all in 2022, I will not watch a single minute of soccer played at the 2022 WC.

Watching that tournament would go against everything I am as a human being.