The Federation Internationale de Football Association is the organization of international football matches and tournaments, especially during the World Cup. The non-profit organization was founded in 1904 and has its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. And at some point the guards seem to have taken over.
Although FIFA today is one of the most controversial organizations, it can host the largest and most popular tournament in the world. Even if the 2014 World Cup ends, FIFA will be on the front page in the coming years because …
10th World Cup 2022 in Qatar
One of the biggest controversies in the current history of FIFA is the award of the World Cup 2022 to Qatar. The country in the Middle East has no strong football infrastructure and is in 100th place in the FIFA class system. They also have no stadiums, hotels or public transport to organize the World Cup. Even if they built the entire infrastructure of the country for two million people, nobody would use it later.
It is also almost impossible to play professional football there. The summer temperature in Qatar is often more than 43 ° C. It is dangerous for fans sitting in the stadium and can be fatal for players. Officials say they will build air-conditioned stadiums, but critics say it’s not possible.
How can a country like Qatar be a guest of the World Cup? Critics say that corruption is clear and simple. Qatar billionaire Mohamed bin Hammam has paid millions of FIFA officials over the years. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has also been supported and promoted by Qatari officials since his first election in 1998. However, due to controversy, FIFA representatives should be able to reverse their decision and contest the United States 2022 World Cup.
9. Forced sale of alcohol
One of the biggest sponsors of the World Cup is Budweiser, who naturally wants to sell beer at the World Cup competitions. But in 2003, Brazil banned the sale of alcohol in stadiums because so many people died from drinking too much, being crazy while drunk or angry with violence. The ban is a matter of health and safety.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke responded to the suicide attempt: “Alcoholic beverages are part of the FIFA World Cup. Let’s get rid of it. I’m sorry if I’m a little arrogant, but we’re not going to negotiate.” The Brazilian government has lifted the alcohol ban and the “Budweiser Act” has been approved and signed by the president of the country. It is believed that FIFA and its sponsors are hosted.
8. FIFA courts
When South Africa organized the World Cup in 2010, the crime rate was one of the country’s biggest problems. In response, 56 special courts have been established to facilitate justice for those affected abroad. For example, the first to experience the “FIFA court” were two Zimbabwean men who shot at a journalist on Wednesday. On Friday they were sentenced to 15 years in prison.
There are other stories about a man who was imprisoned for five years for theft of a mobile phone by a foreigner. Two women were arrested for wearing an orange dress and accused of “illegal trade” when they tried to advertise a Dutch beer without Budweiser. The story went on and when FIFA refused to take responsibility for the kangaroo courts, the critics said they were responsible for the climate and should have rejected the case.
7. The international sport and leisure scandal
International Sport and Leisure (ISL) is a Swiss marketing company that received television rights for the World Cup in the late 1990s. This is a strange option given that there are higher deals on the table. However, the company collapsed in 2001 with almost $ 258 million in debt. This is particularly toxic because they are entitled to one of the most viewed events in the world.
So where does all the money come from? Well, much of it goes to so-called “commissions”, also called wages. FIFA officials paid nearly $ 111 million from ISL. FIFA has been trying to keep this secret for years, but the Swiss authorities have launched a four-year investigation into the ISL case. Despite the revelations, there was no pressure and many believe there is only one end to the iceberg when it comes to attitudes and FIFA.
6. Undefined waste
To organize the World Championship, the host country must build stadiums. However, many stadiums are built in areas that can no longer be supported after the World Cup. Of the six stadiums that were built for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, only two went through and some were closed.
In Brazil, FIFA has built a stadium in Manaus deep in the Amazon. There were no main roads to get there. To get tons of stainless steel supplies, it was shipped from Portugal and brought to the Amazon. Only four World Cup matches were played here, but more than $ 300 million was spent on the stadium with 42,000 seats. The games in the old Manaus stadium, which was demolished because it was not regulated by FIFA, attracted more than 1,000 people.
This brings us back to Qatar and plans to build 12 stadiums. But after the World Cup, many games are never used again.
5. Terrible working conditions
Speaking of stadiums: many construction workers must be in a hasty and dangerous situation. Three people who built the Mansus Stadium were killed, almost one for every game played there.
However bad it is, it is not comparable to working conditions in Qatar. Since the start of construction in 2012, more than 1,000 labor migrants have died. If the situation does not change, 4,000 employees from Nepal, India and Bangladesh are expected to lose their lives.
One of the many criticisms was the Kafala support system. To work in Qatar, you need a mentor who is usually your employer. The employer manages his visas and always has a passport at the start of work. Create a form of virtual slavery that employees cannot avoid.
4. Do not pay taxes to the host countries
One thing you should know about FIFA hosting is that you do not pay taxes when you arrive in a country. Their reasoning is that they are not profitable and bring companies, tourists and new infrastructure to one country.
We have already pointed to the shortcomings in the construction of the stadiums. The World Cup brings tourists and businesses together, but the number is not increasing. Brazil spent nearly $ 14 billion on the World Cup and would never have received the money. Germany has earned around $ 5 billion since the 2006 World Cup. after an investment of $ 12 billion. In South Africa alone, nearly $ 513 million was invested in $ 6 billion. The previous two hosts have not even recovered half of their investment.
FIFA on the other hand? You earn $ 4 billion in Brazil and can easily travel to another country.
3. Quorum executive secretary
The FIFA board consists of 24 members. They were the leaders of the company and 12 of the 24 men were accused of various types of corruption.
Some of the phenomena are Mohammed bin Hammam, who has been President of the Football Confederation in Asia for nine years and served on the board for 15 years. Hammam did not support President Sepp Blatter in the 2011 FIFA presidential election because he won in the first two elections. At that time, FIFA started an investigation into Bin Hammam, claiming that he had hired football officials to vote. He was brought before the FIFA Ethics Committee and banned for life.
Then there was Jack Warner, who was elected vice-president of the Confederation of the North, Central and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) in 1983 before becoming president of CONCACAF from 1990 to 2001. He was also appointed FIFA Vice President in 1997 and was charged with corruption in the 1980s.
A major scandal in connection with the sale of tickets on the black market for the 2002 World Cup. Worse still, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association gave Jack Warner the money to help Haiti after the storm. The $ 740,000 donation is unknown, but Warner refuses to know anything about it. He resigned on 20 June 2011 and ended his investigation into FIFA. He paid nearly two million dollars, but probably stole more.
2. President of corruption
Sepp Blatter is the four-year FIFA president. This is an unusual idea that calls him your famous racist uncle who gets drunk at every family reunion. Some of his best moments were to suggest that players wear extra shorts and low-cut sweaters to attract more viewers and allow Nelson Mandela a minute’s silence after 11 seconds.
You may wonder how such a person could reach such a high position, but once you had the feeling that you knew the answer, they bought votes and accepted wages. During his first election campaign, he was donated and he borrowed a jet from the Emir of Qatar so that he could visit the voters for whom he would give money for the envelopes.
And so was his career. As Jeremy Stahl of the Slate states: “Blatter always denies corruption until evidence is presented and then says no law has been broken. So he promised to take action against corruption. The final fight has begun. In exchange for the grim claim of FIFA did not be corrupt. ”
To keep it clean, he invited a consulting firm to review his books. Blatter and Godson’s grandson are the head of the consulting firm, and they seem to find no problem.
When it comes to creating a fun game, fans can be much more forgiving. However, he showed little interest in sports. For example, to get the favor of the voter in the smaller countries, he used their local arbitrators instead of the better ones from the larger countries. He is also good at goal line technology, which has only changed due to the many controversial goals at the 2014 World Cup. Despite everything, Blatter is still waiting for his re-election in 2015.
1. FIFA reserve
FIFA officials have made it clear that it is a non-profit organization. However, they are one of the richest non-profit organizations in the world – in 2013 they had reserves of more than $ 1.4 billion.
It may not be so bad when you consider that they are neither a government nor a charity. However, if you consider that Brazil and South Africa are both struggling with poverty, have lost or lost money during the World Cup, you cannot help but think that part of their money can be used properly. Especially when you consider what he can do with setbacks and other stairs.
Yes, FIFA has the right to do what it wants with its money. But should they have more than a billion dollars in their bank accounts if they leave a trail of destruction everywhere? This shows how selfish, crazy and self-centered this “non-profit organization” is. Organization.