Spend enough time in the world of international soccer, and you hear rumors that FIFA – the sport’s ruling body – is one of the more corrupt organizations in power. Dig a little deeper, and those rumors turn into jokes between journalists. It’s an open secret that FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his cohort that rules the soccer universe don’t play things straight.
But open secrets and obvious corruption are two different animals. Thursday’s decision from FIFA to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively, reek of the latter. What’s worse is that FIFA had an opportunity to go straight – to repair its reputation – and instead members of its executive committee chose to laugh in the face of the world on the way to the bank. Read more