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FIFA: Bitter-Sweet of 2018 and 2022 Soccer World Cup Awards

In sport circles, the selection of a host for the next Olympic Games or a world cup in any of the major sports is such an exciting and glorious event. Sadly, due to the recent controversial uncovering of corruption within the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), a dark cloud is hanging over the 2018 and 2022 soccer world cup events, even the one held in South Africa in 2010. The 2018 event was awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar.

Key Players:

FIFA officials: Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Julio Rocha, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin, Costas Takkas, Nicolás Leoz and Eduardo Li were arrested and charged with bribery, corruption, money laundering and “criminal mismanagement” by Swiss officials in Zurich on 27 May, two days before FIFS’s 2015 presidential election. In total, 14 of whom current and former executives were to be questioned. This followed after a three year long FBI investigation. US attorney general, Loretta Lynch said at a news conference in New York: “They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest. Instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves.”

Spokesperson Walter Gregoriou denied involvement of FIFA president Sepp Blatter in any of the investigations whatsoever. After his 40 years of involvement in FIFA and four terms as president, newly re-elected Swiss, Sepp Blatter resigned on Tuesday, 2 June 2015.

For the love of the … MONEY

The love of money is the root of all evil, as they say, not the money itself. This has been the downfall of many a good man. Just think about the late Hansie Cronje, former South African cricket captain. This sad day marked the end of a brilliant career and broke a wonderful man. Although many others in the international cricket world had done far worse, Hansie was the unfortunate one to have been made an example of. International cricket is especially the target of match fixing and corruption. This completely takes the fun out of watching a cricket world cup series and makes one question the slightest uncertainty.

But it isn’t always about the money, though. Competitiveness in sports unfortunately results in many athletes turning to anabolic steroids and other forbidden drugs in their quest for being the best. The recent FIFA corruption debacle isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last scandal in sport circles. It is so sad to see brilliant talented sportsmen and -women follow these paths of deception, destruction and shame.