Thursday, June 04, 2015

Blatter Splattered. Now What?

We're a few days removed from Sepp Blatter's announcement that he is to resign as head of football's governing body FIFA.

I have to admit. I was surprised. I really did think the guy would hang on to his position because I have no faith in the system run by that organisation.

To be fair - I don't really know what to expect going forward. Here are some musings, though..

The 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes are now supposed to be looked into, if we're led to believe the reports that are out there. Like I've already noted, I have no faith. These World Cups will continue in their respective countries.

I get the feeling that there is no way the Russian bid can be reversed based on the fact that it's three years away and work has already been done on it. I get the feeling that there will be a ton of legal matters to get through before something like this is pulled with three years to go. Bear in mind that the new FIFA head won't be announced until late this year or in early 2016. By then, we're looking at two years before the next World Cup. If Russia is pulled, the country getting it instead will have to prepare with a short space of time.

With that noted, Qatar in 2022 is an interesting one. On one hand, I was intrigued to see the World Cup being played in what will be our autumn/winter. However, it isn't right. And if there was some kind of underhand shenanigans going on for the country to win its bid, then there really is no choice but to pull the plug on Qatar '22. There is certainly enough time to do so in this case.

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