You know, by this point it shouldn’t come as a surprise when FIFA President Sepp Blatter says something crazy, but he always finds a way to top himself. Recently, he made the claim that the complaints about the World Cup being held in Qatar are based on racism.
“There is a sort of storm against Fifa relating to the Qatar World Cup,” Blatter said. “Sadly there’s a great deal of discrimination and racism.”
Fifa will rule on the validity of the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in September or October.
At that point, the president of football’s world governing body said, the “matter will be closed”.
Speaking to African football officials in Sao Paulo, Blatter confirmed that the latest allegations would be discussed at the Fifa Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.
He said Fifa needed to combat “anything that smacks of discrimination and racism”.
“It really makes me sad,” he added.
#WellActually, Sepp, the complaints about the World Cup being held in Qatar are that it’s only being held there because of bribes that your associates took and that the country is in no way fit to hold an international soccer tournament–for a variety of reasons. Right off the bat, there’s the incompatible weather and the largely unpunished human rights violations going on in the building of the stadiums.
Now, there is plenty of racism in the soccer world. We see it almost weekly during the seasons, but the issue in Qatar isn’t racism–it’s incompetence by FIFA.
Watch this E:60 piece from ESPN about the working and living conditions in Qatar to really understand the situation.