(05-Jun-2015 11:01 PM)federberg Wrote: ^Thats a fair point
It seems to me every bidding since the dawn of time has been corrupt. I'm not sure what's best for Qatar, I would hate for all those people to have died for nothing. Perhaps Qatar should be forced to properly compensate their families and ensure not a single other individual dies
Japan hosted with Korea. I wouldn't object to Australia
I addition when you consider the corruption that's occurred in English football, and frankly other European major leagues. Whether it's bungs, calciopoli, the vastly different reaction the FA has to serious infringements of England internationals vs everyone else, I could go on. And that's not even talking about the corruption we see in other aspects of life, I'm extremely uncomfortable with some of the solutions these guys might come up with. I'm not sure anyone is clean, the only difference is that there might be greater financial sophistication in hiding misdemeanours. There is a colonialist/xenophobic flavour to some of the comments I've heard that I find concerning.
I'm in no way endorsing Qatar, but we had a world cup in the US when there was not much of a league to speak of, sure it can be justified as a successful attempt to grow the game in the US, so we should credit FIFA for doing that, I'm not sure it's any different for Qatar in that case. Am I happy it's going to be there? Heck no! The next two world cups in Russia and Qatar, are going to be the first two I don't attend since 1994
I'm just waiting for when a sub-saharan (around the equatorial belt) country tries to bid for a world cup. That will have to be played in the European winter as well. Something people in Europe have never appreciated as I can see from all the complaints when Africa hosts it's regional championships. You simply can't hold a tournament in during the raining season, people die in those storms. Yes it might disrupt European leagues, but it's the world cup. Accommodation has to be made for that, it can't be western-centric imho