Hopefully a leap in the right direction because no matter what decade or competition of modern football taking place there has always been some form of controversy shortly following.
This week FIFA (the world governing body of football) was rocked to the very core by corruption allegations and several arrests were made. Now anyone who has taken a following to football will know that FIFA and maybe all football organisations are or can be bent in some way. Many accept it for what it is, what can the average fan do about it?
I can count with all of my fingers and toes after coming away from a game thinking something else other than athleticism is at play as to why a team won. The poor decisions made by referees intimidated by players, managers in their ear and maybe more. Players themselves even sometimes deliberately doing something they shouldn’t. The money involved in football is stupid, to the point where it can cross over to crime. A world cup will produce a major payday for the host nation. Maybe if they ‘influence’ the deciding board in FIFA they can get their way.
This is one of the many allegations brought forward by the US justice department.
I will go back to the US in a moment but the sport of football is very easy to corrupt in certain favours. Compared to other sports such as tennis and cricket who both use third umpire type technology to make a decision leaves no room for error or ‘control’. Computers can make the decision.
The sheer way football is refereed at match level is so easily fixed. In rugby if a decision is looking shady the on pitch referee will talk to an off pitch referee over a microphone broadcast to television audiences. Nothing to hide.
Why hasn’t football got this? Because FIFA and the other bodies below them wouldn’t be able to corrupt the game in their favour of a bung or bribe. Money again.
Only recently has goal line technology been introduced (world cup 2014) and is used in the english Premier league but previously Sepp Blatter made no efforts to do this for the wider world.
The truth is, football governing needs to change. It has been needed to for a very long time.
Getting to a point where United States government to get involved means it is serious. Nothing against their agenda here because there is always an agenda or something to gain with them. But something has pissed them off. Maybe the fact that these accusations to FIFA officials of taking bribes, racketeering and wire fraud that used US banks could have something to do with it.
We are still in the wake and sights of a large financial crisis, the US banks have somewhat recovered. But this sort of behaviour towards them doesn’t look good for the 14 people accused.
Today we see the rather unsettled FIFA take a vote on who their leader will be next. The choice is either Sepp Blatter, or Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan. A new face and a change could lead the charge against a corrupt free world of football.
The English Football association and European football governing body UEFA have both indicated a boycott to future world cups. If enough nations get on board then things will have to change, it’s needed. For the sake of the game.