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U-S-A, U-S-A! This could get nasty now the Americans are involved, because federal bribery commissions really aren't going to be impressed or pressured by silly, Communist sports. If something doesn't happen with this though, FIFA and Sepp are untouchable, because no one will come after them like the US federal government will. Either Sepp and his cronies get destroyed, or, otherwise, they prove no one is ever going to block them, either way, it won't get bigger than this.

 

Talk going from within FIFA that, much like the Mafia, as King said, there's an internal bloodbath on the horizon as they come after whoever the whistleblowers and evidence-leakers are. FIFA apparently run a strict "no snitching" policy.

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Yep, Jack Warner, that is the former vice-president of FIFA, has surrendered to police in Trinidad & Tobago on an American arrest warrant, and two of his sons have already pleaded guilty in US courts to corruption.

 

Here's a brief run down, thanks to Yahoo News, of just how mental this is getting in America, and just how fucked everyone is. It. Is. Glorious.

 

- The NASL, which is like the American version of England's Championship, as in it's the second tier, has suspended it's own chairman, and "suspended all business activities" with the company that owns one of it's teams, the Carolina Rail-Hawks.

- The US has sent an extradition request to Paraguay for the arrest of the former head of the South American Football Association, CONMEBOL.

- FIFA itself has suspended eleven members, including two of it's own vice-Presidents, along with the heads of the FAs of Costa Rica, Venezuela and Brazil.

- The head of UEFA has openly said they want Sepp Blatter out, and they're considering going rogue and boycotting the 2015 FIFA Congress in protest at him running for re-election.

- The Russian FA has upheld the reputation for sensibleness to be assumed of the Russian Anything by saying the ongoing investigation is internationally illegal.

- A member of the Brazilian Senate, himself a retired footballer, has called an executive of the Brazilian FA "a thief" during a Senate committee.

- The Swiss government says the US has 40 days to issue formal extradition requests for any FIFA members based in Switzerland. There's seven people in Switzerland who have had charges brought against them. One's surrendered, but the other six say they'll fight extradition as long as possible, meaning the US has to file an official request.

- The US Attorney General believes the bribes currently involved in the 2016 Copa America alone to be worth $110million.

- The charges date back to 1991.

- The American charges mostly concern commercial bribery from sponsors and marketing companies, mostly, if not entirely, in North and South America, whilst the Swiss investigation is into bribery during votes, like the awarding of World Cup hosting positions.

- Four of the defendants have already pleaded guilty, one from America, one from Brazil, and two from Trinidad and Tobago. They all face up to 20 years in prison, and the chap from Brazil has been forced to hand over $151million as part of his plea deal.

- FIFA is insisted their won't be a re-vote over the next two World Cup host nations.

 

Lesson; If America wants a World Cup, you fucking give it to them. It's democracy or death, did Iraq teach you people nothing?

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To me the world cup being fairly held seems a very easy thing to fix each federation will host the cup one after each and then repeat the host is picked from that federation eg Uefa might pick England Asia might pick Japan etc and they could even say no country can hold the world cup twice in a row for there federation seems simple to me
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If they can afford it in the first place. There's a reason lots of countries don't put in a World Cup bid. Just look back at the long history of countries that built stadiums and facilities specifically for events like the Olympics or the World Cup which now just stand abandoned as a waste of money.
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Pretty much... direct quote from his victory speech...

 

"I am the president now, the president of everybody."

 

UEFA are thinking about boycotting FIFA events and if the whole federation bottles it, England is making huge noises that they are going to. A World Cup without the likes of Spain, Germany, Italy, France, England and Portugal and therefore some of the worlds biggest players would flop and cause a lot of sponsors to move away from FIFA in my opinion.

 

As for World Cup host countries, FIFA in recent years have basically decided that they want to bring a World Cup to a continent (Africa in 2010, South America in 2014) and looked at the bids from countries from those continents - other nations from outside are still entitled to submit bids but they have been ignored and money has always been moved about so people would carry on ignoring them.

 

It makes more sense right now for England, the USA, Italy, Spain or Australia to hold a tournament right now in terms of the infrastructure and stadiums - no one in their right mind would want to have a country that is pretty much desert, with a crappy home team, scorching hot weather that is a risk to fans and players alike with NO stadiums to host an event nor a country pretty much engaged in a war with massive issues with fundamentalism on it's borders, racism, problems with LBGT rights and ran by a lunatic as well as sh***y stadiums.

 

On paper the bids should have been ignored but money has talked, like it did with South Africa and like it did with Brazil. Remember when FIFA decided, back before it was run by a corrupt man of Swiss nationality who probably sleeps on a pillow of Nazi gold, that they would run the '62 World Cup in Chile to try and promote economic growth after the recent earthquake and then did the same with Mexico in 1986?

 

Now Blatter has lead the investment of riches in smaller nations and has generated more places at the World Cup for smaller teams to try and forward their standards and ability in the game - it has become more global then it ever has and that should be applauded - the issues is that he has also used that crusade to make himself and his friends A LOT of money at the same time and whilst he hasn't been caught with his hand in the cookie jar (yet) he has allowed those around him to and turned a blind eye which will only eventually lead, as it is now, in dividing the footballing world right down the middle and undoing all that hard work.

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I really hope UEFA boycott the next World Cup, just to see what happens. Nothing's going to change if they don't, even if everyone gets banged up, Blatter's proven he's untouchable and he's got enough third world cronies to back him up. They should do a UEFA vs. CONCACAF "Countries That Aren't Awful To Live In Cup" whilst the worst, least watched World Cup in history goes on in Russia.

 

It makes more sense right now for England, the USA, Italy, Spain or Australia to hold a tournament right now in terms of the infrastructure and stadiums

 

If they just put it in NFL stadiums, the US would have to build literally nothing, and FIFA would probably end up pushing soccer mainstream in American culture overnight. 2014, in Brazil, had 12 host cities, in the US, using NFL, or even MLS, stadiums, you could have Dallas or Houston, New York/New Jersey, Baltimore/Washington, Miami, Arizona or Denver, Los Angeles or San Francisco, New Orleans, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago or Detroit and Philadelphia, all between 50,000 and 100,000, all seated, all with airports, relatively little government-sponsored homophobic genocide, no slaves anymore, and people who can actually afford to buy tickets. Add that American's sense of cultural identity means basically everyone in the country has at least two teams to cheer for; Mexico and South Korea in the south west, Ireland in Boston, Germany and Poland in the mid-west, Netherlands and Italy in New York, Brazil in New Jersey, Sweden up north, France in Louisiana, the African teams in the south-east, England in New England. Wah, it would be fun.

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It's been 21 years since USA '94, one of the better World Cups of all time it has to be said and by 2018 it would be 24 years. The time is right to have the cup held in the US and like you say at the time where it will make the biggest impact on the population.

 

It can be argued there wasn't enough of a follow up on '94 but there will be no such issue if they held the tournament there in 2018 - it could finally become a national sport, maybe not on the level of the NFL but certainly on the level of the NHL.

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Depending on what statistics you thing make any sport "bigger" than any other, you could already comfortably argue that soccer is more popular than either hockey or baseball in America right now, especially with young people. The only problem is that the sport is more popular than the league. The problem is that the MLS is so, so far behind even the NHL that it's not even worth talking about, but soccer itself, as a sport, in terms of World Cups and Champions Leagues and the Premier League and La Liga is right up there as a contender for third, if not second, most popular sport in the country. As an anecdotal example, every American I know under the age of about 35-40 has a favourite English, Spanish or Italian football team that they could tell you something about, and at least support in name, but only the die hard fans would say they have a favourite MLS team, and even less of them actually watch their team or know anything other than it's name and the fact it's their nearest one.
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I wonder what's got back to him that convinced him he was fucked? Either EUFA really did threaten to boycott or one of his mates has told him the Swiss or Americans are into something he had a hand in.

 

Either way, best thing to happen for world football.

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