As a true football fan, I join those that think it is disgraceful that the main body in football, FIFA has had a corruption scandal of massive proportions. Here’s the timeline by Goal.com that will explain everything (if you haven’t heard about it)
In any case, some justice has already been done (Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned from football for 6 years), and there is some that football fans are still waiting for.
But whether you like it or not, FIFA and UEFA do have important responsibilities and the world be worse without them.
International tournaments stand out the most among what FIFA does. You may claim that fans can live without watching their fellow countrymen play in the world championships. It’s entertaining but you can survive without it.
However, for the Eastern European kid, practicing football every day, the dream of meeting Brazil’s, Argentina’s, England’s, etc. best players in the pitch, head to head, means the world.
And there is also the emotional side of something so touching as an intense football match against your rivals. I am not talking about one fan but a much larger scale. These special games unite the whole country, it’s mind-blowing and something that sitting in a bar playing darts (sorry, dart fans or playing in one of those fancy new online casinos can never compare.
While it is unfortunate that in the past some funds from charities have gone to corrupt executives, FIFA has helped millions of kids around the world. From the slums of Brazil to the deep concrete jungles of ex-Soviet Union countries, often these kids have nothing to live for.
But international charities provide opportunities to meet their heroes, help them see what it would be like if they continued to work hard on their game. These moments help keep the dream alive for the kids that don’t have many opportunities in life.
To me, as a football fan, there is only one thing that is as shameful as the corruption in football, and that’s racism. FIFA surely has done its part in combatting this issue in a variety campaigns from videos featuring football’s biggest stars to campaigns in schools and stadiums.
It’s interesting. When you see politicians, you despise them for being sleazy and corrupt. Yet, the same issues continue for thousands of years. Is the institution itself guilty? In that case, should we just abolish FIFA and its branches?
I personally only can hope that the 2015 scandal has cleaned FIFA, although I’m not counting on it. What are you supposed to do when an Arab Sheikh offers you millions for a tournament in their country? Perhaps only a person in this situation can answer. For us, fans, what remains is to be open-minded and vocal. These international games have always brought countries together and helped set their differences aside. Just like the recent Syria – Iran match!