Jun 9, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT
We see what you’re doing, FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
You’re mired in controversy. Even a cursory search on our site of “Qatar” shows
beaming examples of how successful the 2022 World Cup will be accusations of bribery, foul play and even reports of migrant worker enslavement and death.
No fun, huh?
And then John Oliver used his HBO soapbox over the weekend to talk about how much he loved your tournament — the World Cup — but couldn’t stand your organization. It was a deep burn, and the fire spread all over social media.
So you’re thinking, “How do I deflect? How do I deflect? A-ha! Racism! They’re all racists!”
“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.
I mean, it’s not like anyone at FIFA has called giving the tournament to Qatar a mistake (well, besides you).
And yes, perhaps if incredibly-wealthy people who give or take bribes — at the very least, give or take random sums of money in order to swing a World Cup vote — have become their own race of people, then yes, this is totally racist. And for having the bravery to step up publicly to combat this racial wrong, you sir are a combination of Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks and Mohandas Gandhi.
In all seriousness, there is certainly plenty of vitriol for every race coming from some spewing cesspool of hate somewhere in the world. Undoubtedly there are those who take the traveshamockery that was awarding the World Cup to Brazil and use it to amplify their hateful feelings against Middle Eastern people (although you claim it’s against Africans when Qatar seemingly — and by seemingly, we mean definitely — is in Asia). Don’t make this issue about racism, Sepp. It’s sad.
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