What an historic event the 2022 Qatar World Cup is set to be. First sports event to be held under FBI investigation, first to be held in unbearable heat, first to be held in a country that openly discriminates against people on grounds of sexual orientation and gender. The list goes on and if you can't read the sarcasm from this description then there is every chance you're a FIFA executive.
The farce of this event is on a scale unprecedented. It's nothing we've ever seen and hopefully, nothing we will see again. Officials have been whisked away covered in white sheets by police, major global conglomerates have taken a position of moral authority, and no one has a clue who will be leading the organization that is to carry out this miscarriage of justice.
Such is the absurdity of Qatar 2022, journalists don't need to preface their comments with the term “allegedly” before they detail the corruption and criminality of those people who decided to go ahead with this thing.
These executives aren't just guilty in the eyes of police, the FBI and the public, but by FIFA themselves. Under Sepp Blatter this organization has a ruthless ability to castigate and scapegoat anyone caught with the smallest hint of scandal, happy to kick their allies to the curb if it protects themselves for a few months longer.
For those that have no love or affiliation to soccer, much of this seems trivial if not amusing on some level. Yet for the billions who love the game and understand it's influence on a global scale, Qatar 2022 is the embodiment of everything that is evil and rotten to the core about the world game's governance.
Here are the top 20 reasons Qatar 2022 is already a disaster.
20 FBI Investigation Ongoing
19 Schedule Not Even Confirmed
18 Talk Of A Split
17 Overbearing Heat
16 Michel Platini Charges
15 LGBT Discrimination
14 Alcohol Banned
13 Strengthens Middle East Oil Ties
12 No Infrastructure
11 Presidency In Upheaval
10 Stadia To Be Relocated After Event
9 Denies Australia
8 Denies USA
7 Sepp Blatter
6 Sponsors Getting Cold Feet
5 Corruption Already Proven
4 Slave Labor
3 Worker Deaths
2 Coincides With Russia 2018
1 Games Reputation Irrevocably Damaged
The greatest disaster of them all is … well … the aggregate of all of these disasters. You cannot utter the word “FIFA” without the phrase “corruption” or “scandal” shortly following. Perhaps these actions have been going on for decades behind closed doors without people's knowledge and now it is all out in the open for public consumption. Regardless, the biggest sport on the planet has been tarnished from head to toe as a game that cannot be trusted because it has been run by the greediest, sleaziest collection of morally bankrupt people possible.
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