Blatter front runner for Nobel Peace Prize with World Cup selection

By Guest Columnist Jessie the Footballer Venture

As the news spread yesterday through the last vestige of democracy (twitter) that England’s “best technical bid ever” had been defeated in the first round, the reaction from the press was predictable. Working as tools of the conspiracy, they helped build FIFA’s presentation up, turning cameras on the spectacle, liveblogging, livetweeting, and covering the event from every conceivable angle. Since they built the English people’s expectations so intricately, they were of course the perfect people to then cover the downfall. Which is exactly how the press do the bidding of the folks who really run the world. Folks like Sepp Blatter, a known 4th level Illuminatists.

Martin Samuel’s column yesterday was perhaps the best example of the pressrage that follows whenever a writer discovers that he’s just a tool: FICK FUFA he basically says. Typical.

What Samuel missed in the hype to hype the hype is that according to my inside sources, FIFA don’t care about how “technically good” a bid is, or if a country’s bid would bring in more money, and they don’t care a lick about whether a country has the infrastructure to host a World Cup. The only thing they care about is whether the country can be used to further their agenda.

Some folks point to the teetotaling laws in Qatar as a bone of contention but there are other, much bigger, problems with the country that have been glossed over by the international press conspiracy. How about the fact that the US ranked them as a Tier 3 country in regards to human trafficking? Tier 3 countries are those rare places where a country basically turns a blind eye to slavery.

And we all know how Sepp Blatter feels about slavery,

In football, there’s too much modern slavery, in transferring players or buying players here and there and putting them somewhere. We are trying now to intervene in such cases. The reaction to the Bosman law was to make long-lasting contracts in order to keep the players. Then, if he wants to leave, there is only one solution: he has to pay his contract.

He was referring to Manchester United’s slave ownership of multimillionaire Christiano Ronaldo. It’s a well documented fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has a mind control ray that he uses on players. That mind ray is how he gets his opponents to score own goals and the refs to add so much extra time at the end of a match if United need a goal. Blatter’s message about slavery spoke directly to this mind ray and the effects it was having on the long suffering Ronaldo.

In the same way that Qatar is notorious for human trafficking, Russia is notorious for their fan’s overt racism. Zenit St. Petersburg who’s former manager admitted that he discriminated against black players just won the League in Russia. How does this sit with Blatter? At the last World Cup in South Africa he declared:

Football is a mirror of our society and is touched by its vices. Violence, cheating, doping, betting, discrimination and racism, these are all in our game. We have started to eliminate them, one is practically eliminated — this is doping.But here in this World Cup in South Africa, and specifically through this Congress, we declare we are against discrimination. Never, never again should we have any problems on any football field or in a stadium concerning discrimination or racism. If we are not able to do that through this 60th FIFA Congress, then we never will. We must end discrimination and racism.

So here we have two very direct quotes from the head of FIFA, himself, against both racism and slavery and yet the selection committee selected both countries with problematic history in both areas.

It left me scratching my head until I realized the genius of the plan: by holding the World Cup in the countries of two of the worst offenders, Blatter is drawing attention to the problems in order to stamp them out!

Qatar and Russia won the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups not because of bribery, or because they have a compliant press corps, or because they plan to build some amazingly amazing stadiums, nor because world power has shifted from the West to the BRIC countries, but because these two countries offer a unique opportunity for FIFA.

This is FIFAs chance to hold the world’s most spectacular sporting event in the countries of two of the worst offenders for two of the main human rights campaigns that FIFA care most about: slavery and racism.

By putting the spotlight on these two countries’ problems, Blatter clearly hopes that they will turn over a new leaf and eschew their evil ways. According my my sources on the Nobel Prize committee, Sepp Blatter is the front runner to win the Nobel Peace Prize for this plan.

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  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Brahmabull

    Korea had/has restaurants where they serve dog (4-6 month old puppies to be exact) on the menu… how did bringing the World Cup there help shine the light on that practice?

    Honestly – I don’t know why any country wants to host the World Cup or the Olympics. What a waste of money, and what a misallocation of funds. Billions, literally billions of dollars spent to accommodate a four week sporting event. In South Africa, they knocked down an elementary school (!) to make way for a stadium that might – might – see 8 -10 games a year. What a moral outrage.

    So I say thank you FIFA for helping to financially handicap a morally abhorrent society (Qatar – hey, where’s the “u”?) and a mafia run kleptocracy in Russia. I’m sure it’ll do so much for the growth of the game to have games broadcast at the break of dawn here in North America, two World Cups in a row.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Nap

      Dog is to them what chicken is to you. Are you morally superior because you decided eating dog is evil?

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1the wiz

    “Broaden the game”?!!!!!!

    This is one of the most hackneyed, overused “explanations” for behaviour that smells worse than a slaughterhouse after two weeks of a sanitary engineer strike.

    How will a World Cup held in Qatar “broaden the game”? Will this create more interest in football in that region than otherwise would be the case? Even if it did, what would that add to the total, global interest in the game?

    The “broaden the game” concept (if it is to be considered in any way seriously) must take into account not only the degree of new interest in the game that may be gained by holding the World Cup in a particular venue, but also by what might be jeopardized by “selection” procedures as took place in Zurich yesterday.

    That notwithstanding, there is one (serious) venue in the world where football is not number one or two on the list of favourite sporting activities, which by way of coincidence was a candidate for 2022. Football is for sure much better established in the U.S. today than it was twenty years ago, and the 1994 World Cup there certainly has played a large role in that development. However, football is still a long way from enjoying the “main stream” status of other sports (baseball, basketball and “American football” to name the usual suspects). Indeed, if television revenues, game attendance, etc. are considered, football comes a poor second to a cold-weather sport known as “ice hockey” in Sun Belt states like California, Texas and Florida. Football’s “popularity” becomes even more tenuous when one considers that a great deal of the popularity it does enjoy comes from the Hispanic community, and can in no way be considered “broad based”. By any reasonable standard, the room for growth and development is immense and far outweighs what might be expected from a successful World Cup in …. Qatar.

    The manner in which the selections were made (venues for both 2018 and 2022 were selected simultaneously) sheds a great deal of light on the criteria that are really important. Infrastructure, understand of and passion for the game, potential for expanding interest, … none of these seems to carry any weight. How else can one explain how England received only TWO votes (one of which can be assumed to have been cast by its own delegate). This is absolutely beyond the pale.

    There will certainly be a fair amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth in the coming weeks, and for good reason, but that being said, it is not too early to consider what sort of lessons can and should be learned from this fiasco. On reflection, I believe that FIFA – and Sepp Blatter in particular – have done the football community a singular behaviour by conducting the selection process in such a manner. It’s now crystal clear to anybody having more than a scintilla of intelligence that football’s governing body has no interest whatsoever in the game itself, or what may be in the game’s best interests. Any idiot can see that.

    If one takes a look at football on a global basis and asks where the “centers of gravity” might be, the answers can be found simply by looking at the roster of teams that make it past the first round in any World Cup competition. They’re comprised of teams from Europe, four teams from Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and a “wild card” like Uruguay or Chile), recently the U.S., and an Asian country (usually Japan). Once in awhile an African team survives the first round, but not too often.

    Now lets look at who makes the selections. Jack Warner, from – hold on to your hats, folks – Trinidad and Tobago, not only controls his own vote but is said to have at least two others in his pocket. Then there’s the gentleman with the happy countenance from either Ivory Coast or Cameroon (two nations exemplary in their history of fairness in their political systems), who like Warner apparently controls several other votes in addition to his own.

    At this point we’re already over 25% of the voting control (22 votes if memory serves me), … and this includes only two “persons” (I’m being generous here). Is this how the governing body of the most important game in the world should be run?

    If FIFA gave any hint that it was willing to clean its own house, then it might be interesting to explore what might be done so that fiascos like what happened yesterday don’t ever happen again. Because that’s clearly not the case, then it’s time for radical action.

    If current press accounts are any indication, the repugnance felt at FIFA’s selection process is fairly universal in those countries which really matter in the football world. I think it is well worth considering a “World Cup” consisting of the countries where football not is well established, understood and appreciated for what it is and really can be, and forget about the fly-sh*t places that are into it solely for whatever prestige hosting an international event may bring. As and when FIFA cleans it house and gets its act together, then – and only then – should be considered as a viable governing body worthy of respect and recognition.

    At the end of the day, FIFA needs England and the other serious countries who commiserate with it now MUCH more than they need FIFA.


    Satire and World CupLampoon send up:

    Integrity + Uprightness+ Honesty +Honour and Respect equals the future King of England and Wales (King William) to bestow upon Sepp Blatter KBE (Knight of the British Empire) Thats the bride that would have got us an extra vote.

    I have some further questions and observations continuing from yesterday’s blog:

    (1) If Israel qualifies for Qatar, will they be allowed into the country?

    (2) If England didn’t even invent the game, according to Blatter surely China should have mentioned something by now, or at least ask for trademark copyright financial returns.

    (3) David Cameron, David Beckham, and Prince William were out there in Zurich giving their all while Putin stayed home; was that a clue that he knew it was in the bag a month ago….

    (4) We the English have no Moral or any other Right to receive the World Cup… although it hurts like hell not even going through the second round… and I’ve calculated it will be at least 2030 before FIFA will deign to honour us with that pleasure. The only guarantee I have IS Sepp and his cronies will be dead, and maybe me, I and I, and so we the English should let it go. They shamed us and we lost. Release the negativity and let it go. No further analysis needed.

    (5) Let Panorama investigate Russia and Qatar, now is the time for investigative journalism, are you listening my BBC

    (6) Slavery and Racism: I cannot add anything more except what is written above in the blog, because it’s so good.

    I found this on twitter: I liked it; hope you all do too.

    No Visa required for Russia. Bit of a blow to FIFI’s credit-card commercial partner?

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

      @LONDON CALLING & OVERSEAS, Yes, let’s have Panorama send in the ‘clowns’ to Russia where they will be bludgeon with pipes under the guise of getting floral deliveries.

      Now that the Russians have won, they’ll need to beef up their security infrastructure to make sure no unpleasantness gets out to embarrass their country during the event.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Brahmabull

        Haha – just watch the Sochi Winter Olympics in four years. A security nightmare when you consider how many hostile nations are nearby. Russia has it’s own problems with subway bombers.

      1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1LONDON CALLING & OVERSEAS

        @Limestonegunner, Thanks for that: I couldn’t see their public relation department playing the role any other way. From now on we will learn a lot about Qatar, its history, its citizens and the true meaning of diplomacy. Anyhow: It’s been more than 24 hours since the announcement and it cannot be changed except through WAR and PESTILENCE. But 8 years in the Middle East anything can happen, although I do not wish either of this epidemic apocalypse symbolism on anyone or their country. I value human self and that of others.

        I am concentrating on the Arsenal giving Fulham a good hiding at the Emirates, and England making many runs against the Aussies in cricket.

        Always look on the bright side of life… ta dam ta dam…ta dam.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    Will someone tell Ken Bates to go back into his hole.

    Be a graceful loser in a bidding process that relied on something ‘more’ than was contained in the actual bids.

    The question is not why England, USA, Spain-Portugal, Japan, Australia didn’t get the bid but why did Qatar and Russia get the bids. Sort of like why nobody at the NCAA wants TCU in the BCS championship game?

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Mick

      We wasted millions on a pointless bid. It’s not democratic every member deserves the right to vote.

      This is Qatar’s legacy: They will build many stadiums and tear them down and it will not benifit Qatar one bit.

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1LONDON CALLING & OVERSEAS

        @Mick, I heard through the grapevine their aim is to dismantle and rebuild in the stadia after the world cup and rebuild each one in improvised countries. I guess giving the cash instead is not good Kama.

  6. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1McNabber

    Great article, and it was necessary. Yes, this is an Arsenal blog, but it is a football blog, and we a re football fans, so let’s have a hack at FIFA. I’m glad you mentioned the human rights records of Qatar, because as people are worrying about how the stadia are going to be air conditioned, there are bigger problems. Qatar has a horrible record on human rights. Organizations like Amnesty International keep stats (kind of like sports teams) on this sort of thing. You really could do a minimal amount of research to find this info out for yourself. The other problem I have is that FIFA has the same expansionary dreams that everyone else on the planet has and it’s what always ruins everything. We always want to expand, expand, expand. Who cares if football is big in the Middle East? Why is that a goal? Why is that one of their priorities to grow and grow and grow? The cancer model never works, ask the Romans. Sports like Rugby and Ice Hockey, they have it down. You don’t need to expand your base, you need to sustain it. People in the US have this same fear, that if soccer isn’t the biggest thing ever, then we’re never going to dominate internationally. What? Who cares? Basketball, American football, baseball, these sports have dominated an English speaking North American, temperate climate country such as the US for nearly a century. Is soccer ever going to be that popular here? No, and it doesn’t need to be, because I still enjoy watching, playing, coaching, following the sport as much as ever. It’s like religions, they feel like they need to spread, like everyone needs to see it the way they do. Soccer is just a sport, only fictionally is it more than that, and although we are driven with passion as fans, and we scream and drink and occasionally act non-peacefully, we know it’s all a silly game, somewhere deep inside, and that we’re all still just a bunch of kids that never really grew up. We know that. Qatar’s human trafficking problem is not silly, it’s real. And FIFA forgot that. I submit that FIFA may not survive a tour of Russia and Qatar.

    1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1LONDON CALLING & OVERSEAS

      @McNabber, I’m sure someone will put me straight but can the various Football Associations of the world, (I think there are over 200), not establish another governing body that will create its own World Cup?
      The FA and other established associations (all over the world to include Japan and Brazil to the West Indies islands to the Middle East countries). They could engineer another FIFA hybrid with clear procurement strategies, detailed gudelines. As Arsene said today, let a computer decide. I’m just putting that out there…..

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1Limestonegunner

      @McNabber, Where does one start? Russia’s record is worse for human rights (remember Chechnya?). But if you really want to be serious, as an American, you might want to be concerned first with the US record of starting two wars, violating the Geneva conventions, and engaging in torture, rendition, and assassination recently. England is implicated in this equally. Do you read Wikileaks, McNabber? I wrote in the comments yesterday about my concerns with Qatar, and it does include abuse and exploitation of labor. They are a freemarket capitalist’s paradise and all the horrible aspects of the system are in stark relief there. Football is already big in the Middle East; it has been the biggest sport there for the last five or six decades. It is very strange to read a critique of religions feeling the need to spread when the most viral agent of change based on the dogma of greed and growth has been globalizing capitalism.

      I think FIFA, a corrupt organization that seeks profit under the guise of an NGO, will survive just fine post-Russia and Qatar. They may have to modify their procedures and be a little more conscious of their public image, but the vast majority of the world lives outside of Europe and North America and probably appreciates the effort to allow other parts of the world to host the WC. China will probably get the next one.

      I agree sports fans are all a bunch of kids that never really grew up. This is demonstrated almost every time they/we try to discuss serious issues on supporter blogs.

      That’s why we should get back to figuring out how we will destroy Fulham and qualify next week for the knockout stages of the CL.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

        @Limestonegunner, “…the US record of staring two wars, violating the Geneva conventions, and engaging in torture, rendition, and assassination…” and guess what, we are the ‘good’ guys, “with God on our side” ( Bob Dylan).

      2. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

        @Limestonegunner, in the same publication where the Bush administration calls Qatar a “Tier 3″ human trafficker you can read that there are supposed to be sanctions for this behavior.

        Bush chose to impose sanctions on some of the other nations mentioned — N. Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, etc. — and waived sanctions on others — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc.

        Not only does America violate human rights, we are hypocrites about it.

      3. Vote -1 Vote +1McNabber

        Don’t mistake me for someone who agrees with all things American. BY NO MEANS. But we are not talking about the US, we are talking about Qatar and Russia, and FIFA’s manifest destiny. So, if you are injecting US into this conversation, we’d both agree that they have their own very separate issues, but that is perhaps irrelevant, since they will not be hosting a World Cup, perhaps in my lifetime. And don’t assume I am an American, I happened to be an American citizen, but I wasn’t this time last year. You, my friend, are not disputing me, you are someone else.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1nycgunner

    Ah it makes a lot of sense now. FIFA’s real agenda is to address social problems all around the world, so in reality they are actually a charitable organization. Not only should Sepp Blatter be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but he should not have to pay any taxes on the bribes.. I mean .. income that he receives.

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