“Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups by democratic vote of the Executive Committee.
Based on expert opinions and available facts, FIFA has no legal grounds to take away the hosting of the FIFA World Cup from Russia and Qatar.We will not speculate on possible scenarios and therefore have no further comments for the time being.”
This is a statement that was released by FIFA back on June of 2015 as the football governing authority announced that they cannot take away the hosting privileges that Russia and Qatar have.
Even though FIFA can’t do anything in terms of changing or removing which countries are going to host the upcoming 2018 and 2022 editions of the FIFA World Cup, this has not stopped prosecutors from their continuous investigations involving the worldwide football competition.
Earlier on April, it was announced that French prosecutors began an investigation as they are trying to look into possible offences involving private corruption and conspiracy. These investigations are believed to have been going on since last year. Continue reading “The FIFA World Cup continues being linked with corruption”
The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino has put some plans in motion to enable the use of video replays at the next world cup in 2018.
According to him, it would help the referees and other match officials to avoid some serious mistakes that could have easily been avoided.
Being that wrong judgments on the part of match officials have been a very big source of controversy in the past tournaments, Gianni has planned to eradicate any mistakes by providing better surveillance equipments.
On Wednesday, after the first summit of the body, Gianni had said in a comment to reporters that, he believes that the presence of video replays will help officials to make proper and well-informed decisions before awarding penalties, red and yellow cards and even goals.
“It will not answer all the questions a referee can have but it will help them not to make serious mistakes, how? With a referee in front of a TV monitor who looks at the footage and in the space of two, here, four seconds can advise the field referee if he is asked or if he has not seen a serious mistake. Continue reading “FIFA PRESIDENT WANTS VIDEO REPLAYS AT THE NEXT WORLD CUP”
FBI has been investing anything heavily into the world football governing body, FIFA, over allegations of corruption primarily relating to the award of the World Cups. Since Sepp Blatter took charge of FIFA in 1998, the World Cup has been held in Europe only once – in 2006.
During this period, the World Cup has been the likes of South Korea, South Africa, and most recently, Brazil. There areallegations that several FIFA officials received bribes in order to hold the world cups in these parts of the world. The 2010 World Cup has become the most controversial after South Africa admitted to offering ‘other payments’ to the tune of $10 million.
Even though FIFA has made a lot of money from such undertakings, the host nations usually have come on the worse side. Massive stadiums were built at which costs to the taxpayer whereas the public infrastructure like roads and transport did not see an equal amount of spending. Further, it has been costing a lot of money in order to keep the huge stadiums, which have little local potential since the end of the World Cup. Even though the World Cup 2010 went smoothly, the 2014 World Cup saw several protests from the home supporters due to the exorbitant spending of their money. Continue reading “FBI has been investing anything heavily into the world football governing body”
African football has certainly been on the up in the last decade, but there are several countries still left in the continent to have not featured in the FIFA World Cup. Zambia is one of them. Since joining FIFA in 1964, the team has not reached the finals even once. However, the local team has been improving every year in this culminated in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations success in shocking fashion. This has led to new belief within the national team that they can hope for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Qualification for this tournament has just begun in several parts of the world.
CaptainRainfordKalabasays that the team are extremely unhappy with the way they failed to progress past the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations. Hence, they have set out to overcome this disappointment by doing well at the qualification stages. The likes of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Ghana will once again be expected to qualify for the World Cup. These heavyweights have consistently made an appearance in the finals, but they are yet to go the full length and win the title itself. In the last two Africa Cup of Nations, the team has failed to get past the group stages. Continue reading “African football has certainly been on the up in the last decade”