37 responses

  1. VdV
    June 1, 2014

    At this stage, I don’t even care if the US gets it–just take it away from those bastards.

    • Mike
      June 1, 2014

      yes. What VdV said. And we all know Russia probably wasn’t any cleaner ….

      • Ben
        June 1, 2014

        You’re probably right, but at least you can play games in Russia during the Summer.

      • downintexas
        June 1, 2014

        I think Russia was due, maybe they did influence a bit, but they were due.

    • shockedandawed
      June 1, 2014

      Agreed

    • Jake
      June 1, 2014

      Yep. Anywhere but Qatar. They can come back when they are legitimately ready. I’d love for the WC to be somewhere in the Middle East soon… even across a couple of countries if necessary. Just not this way in 2022. Think it through a little bit, guys!

      • Mason
        June 1, 2014

        They’ll never be legitimately ready. There’s only one city of any size in that country and it’s too damn hot to play it in the summer.

  2. Norn Iron
    June 1, 2014

    Despite this damning report, why do I get the sense that Blatter will shrug it off and dismiss it as “unproven allegations.”

  3. shockedandawed
    June 1, 2014

    It will be interesting to see what else the Times has on these guys. Really not a surprise but this seems to be hard evidence rather than simply conjecture.

  4. JayAre
    June 1, 2014

    They were bought for only $5 million in brides I thought it would be way more than that. I don’t really understand how the money distribution works in FIFA but the game has grown so much in the US that all these officials probable would have made way more money hosting the tournament here legitimately.

    • AMP
      June 1, 2014

      Agreed, especially considering that $5 million in brides only get you like 2 or 3 brides, and they aren’t even guaranteed to like you.

      Seriously though, that number does seem a little low.

    • JoeW
      June 1, 2014

      $5 million is all they could prove. My understanding is that the Excomm members get treated like royalty when they make site visits. Anyone want to bet that there were high-end escort services, lots of free booze, high-class hotel rooms, maybe even private jets all made available for certain members? None of that probably counted in the $5 million.

  5. Stinky Pete
    June 1, 2014

    FIFA would make more money in the US but that doesn’t mean the individuals who were bribed would make more money and in there lied the rub.

  6. Quit whining about US soccer
    June 1, 2014

    Once somebody’a daughter was making millions is a thing going to shock ?

    • Michael Stypulkoski
      June 1, 2014

      Fair point

  7. beto
    June 1, 2014

    Tell me something i dont know…

    So are they proven guilty yet?!?

  8. Zocklo
    June 1, 2014

    FIFA is simply one the most corrupt organizations in the world. There is next to zero chance that the WC will be moved from Qatar

    • whoop-whoop
      June 1, 2014

      I don’t know… you leak this, pull the WC from Qatar and commence taking payments from new suitors. That money is a distant memory and there are still many years remaining with which to milk more bribes. Gangsta can’t go that long without proper employment.

  9. ChrisTheLSUTiger
    June 1, 2014

    We should also probably mention Qatar’s enslavement of east Asian workers, and the terrible treatment, injury, disease, death, etc. suffered by these poor folk.

    • Lorenzo
      June 1, 2014

      My father was just telling me about this. Awful.

      USA should just do at Super Copa America every cycle with invites to a top Africa, European, and Asian Team.

      • JayAre
        June 1, 2014

        Fifa will probably never sanction that because it will out do the WC.

  10. Landon Klinsmann
    June 1, 2014

    “We go to new lands!” is the criteria FIFA used, it had nothing to do with money!

    Also, I have swampland in Florida to sell anyone who is interested.

    FIFA just needs to be disbanded. Sports don’t need an international governing body, just a small company or committee to put on tournaments. All FIFA provides the soccer world with is unappealable corruption.

  11. ElMetrofan
    June 1, 2014

    In other news: ice melts.

    • Mason
      June 1, 2014

      Depends where you are.

  12. vik
    June 1, 2014

    I’d like to see the raw documents. But I will say my faith in this organization has been rocked. FIFA and corruption? Why I never…

  13. Brain Guy
    June 1, 2014

    I am shocked! Shocked!

    • JoeW
      June 1, 2014

      Round up the usual suspects….

  14. Jim
    June 1, 2014

    Not surprised at all, freaking pathetic. Need to put Harvey Spector and Mike Ross on the case

    • Neal
      June 1, 2014

      +1
      Love the Suits reference. Great show!

  15. Ivan
    June 1, 2014

    Anywhere but Qatar at this point. Disgusting.

    And as to FIFA, I hope there’s a breakaway/alternative to this monstrosity, the most corrupt organization in the history of mankind.

    Blatter, Satan’s waiting for you down there in Hell…

  16. Good Jeremy
    June 1, 2014

    BREAKING: Water wet.

  17. CH
    June 1, 2014

    As a resident of DC i just wanna say if this was done in the US it would be considered “lobbying”. But i do think Qatar should lose it because of the human rights issues and i also want the WC in the summer.

    • DCUPedro
      June 1, 2014

      As another resident of DC, I just want to say you’re wrong. Lobbying does not involve stashing hundreds of thousands of dollars in slush fund money in people’s personal bank accounts. That’s called bribery in DC too — and you can get convicted of it, which people have quite recently (William Jefferson, Duke Cunningham). Lobbyists can help arrange for money to be provided to people’s campaign funds, but that is different as it is not personally enriching the congressman and that money has been ruled as protected political speech. There are also significant limitations on lobbyists providing gifts to officials — you can’t take people on the types of junkets that these ExCom guys got (and that’s even before the Jack Abramoff scandal and subsequent legislation.

      TLDR: You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Mason
      June 1, 2014

      As a third DC-area resident, I just want to say: I agree with DCUPedro. There is a very strong distinction between lobbying and bribery.

  18. Remy
    June 1, 2014

    Serial briber. That is hilarious!

  19. GJJ
    June 2, 2014

    The Qataris won that world cup fair and square………….their hookers, bribes and champagne were better than our hookers, bribes and champagne. Same goes for Russia 2018. It’s an even playing field, we just need to step up our game. Put porn stars on the USSF payroll maybe? We need to be creative on this one. The game has changed and we are a step behind.

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