At the minute, football’s governing bodies are lucky to have anyone left, given pretty much everyone is under investigation.
FIFA are falling apart at the seams, as everyone’s favourite man, Sepp Blatter, and his cronies, are finally being made to face up to their actions of the last few years – and UEFA haven’t escaped unscathed either.
Michel Platini has seen his FIFA presidential bid almost destroyed because of his reported payment from Blatter, and now it turns out the Russian bid for the World Cup come 2018 isn’t all that legit either. Imagine that.
Blatter, who in classic villainous style, wants to take everyone down with him, said Russia’s bid had already been agreed before the official vote.
According to Blatter and Russian news agency Tass, the latest scandal goes like this:
All the way back in 2010, a discussion over the votes for upcoming World Cups took place, and Russia were basically guaranteed the tournament.
Hardly a shock given the English bid fell spectacularly flat for no fathomable reason.
Interestingly, he also told Tass that the USA were under the impression they would be hosting the World Cup in 2022, before a late swing in the voting (by which he probably means serious money exchanged hands) took place and Qatar won.
He was asked if it was an error to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups at the same time, and said:
It was agreed that we go to Russia because it’s never been in Russia, eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America.
And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers.
Some other gems from Blatter included the fact that the English are ‘bad losers’, Russia will never lose the World Cup, and FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino is unpopular with many Football Associations around the world.
Oh, and naturally his suspension from FIFA is ‘total nonsense’.
The FIFA house of cards is well and truly falling down.