International - Written by Barry & Richard on Sunday, May 31, 2015 2:28 - 1 Comment
Opinion: UEFA and all its members should boycott the World Cup
A cynic might conclude that the reason why no country has previously taken steps to investigate and prosecute allegations of corruption surrounding FIFA is simply because FIFA is seen as too big and too many of those who might sanction action have vested interests.
We would never say such a thing.
It is hard to imagine another situation where allegations of the sort which have swirled around FIFA, and which manifested in the arrests and US indictments last week, would fail to move the needle of governments around the world for so long.
Of course, soccer is not the no. 1 sport in the US.
But FIFA is widely perceived to be a joke by significant portions of the planet outside of the US as a result of the stories which continue to engulf it.
Against that backdrop those sponsors who have withdrawn from their commercial dealings with FIFA are to be applauded. Some big names pulled out earlier this year.
Following the arrests this week, other household name FIFA global sponsors have expressed their concern though stopped short of terminating their relationship with FIFA.
At the time of writing commentators speculate that UEFA and its members could boycott the World Cup but this is by no means certain.
No doubt plenty of time will be spent debating the pro’s and cons of what to do by sponsors and UEFA members alike.
No doubt it is legally complicated.
In our experience answers become clearer when the question is distilled into one simple question.
What does doing the right thing look like?
Against that backdrop the answer is, to us at least, staggeringly simple.
Doing the right thing looks to us like taking a stand to try to get FIFA to change.
UEFA should boycott.
Without UEFA and its members the World Cup simply isn’t the World Cup any more.
And that might just force FIFA to change.