Yesterday FIFA confirmed what many have long suspected about the rulers of international soccer – they’re more interested in bribes and their own egos than what’s good for the game and its fans. Using their secret-ballot elimination round voting (in which the participant with the least amount of votes is eliminated until you have a winner), the 22 voting members of the FIFA Executive Committee (two of the committee were suspended from voting for attempting to take bribes) awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
This wasn’t about who could provide the best cup experience for the fans, sell the most tickets, provide the best security and infrastructure. It wasn’t about growing the sport. It was politics, plain and simple – the kind of politics with which those of us who live in Illinois are painfully familiar. This was a money and legacy vote. Continue reading