Media Musings Blog Archive Reporting on Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup corruption scandal
Magista obra 2 fg last year I took my first trip to Europe. It was already 35 degrees celsius at 5:30 am. Given these uncomfortable conditions I was a little surprised to find out Qatar had been chosen to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
However there have been claims in the media recently that Qatar illegally won this right through bribery and buying votes. While these allegations are still being investigated I think the various media coverage it has received so far says a lot about journalism.
In a perfect world journalists show no bias. They provide each side of the story equally, whether it embarrasses them or not. But after reading about this scandal in publications from England, Australia and Qatar, it pretty clear that this isn the case.
England was quick on the mark to publicise this story. In fact it was the magista obra 2 fg Sunday Times that put together the memorandum well before FIFA had made a public statement. Football (or soccer, depending on where you come from) is religion to the English and no one has the right to upset their magista obra 2 fg gods. English publications had no problem confirming Qatar had definitely bought votes, despite any hard proof.
Australian newspapers were ecstatic at the news. Their main concern wasn the deterioration of morals within football or whistleblowers. All the headlines focused on was Australia chance Stuff Qatar reputation, Australia wants a revote and they want to host the World Cup.
And finally, Qatar. The country that should be the most upset and vocal about this scandal. If you read a Qatari newspaper you wouldn even know they may have the hosting gig taken away from them. The newspapers continue to posts stories about how the new stadiums and train lines are being built for the big event. When they do rarely mention the scandal they leave out Qatar involvement and speak solely of how England allegedly tried and failed to buy votes.
While we may think we reading a balanced story in most cases we not. Publications can help but have their opinions seep through.
So if you looking for something unbiased your best option is to read articles from different countries/publications and form an opinion for yourself.
A nice misinformed article. FIFA and its representatives have been investigated for corruption. Just type in Jack Warner and corruption and see the charges he has been convicted of. And he the Vice President, The Sunday Times filmed 2 executive committee members asking for to their associations, but the cheques written to themselves. They also obtained enough evidence for FIFA to suspend 4 more senior officials. And circumstantial evidence on many more FIFA and that members had claimed they had been offered $1.5m each to promote Qatar. FIFA refused to follow up these claims and instead, with no verified proof, FIFA proclaimed they were champions of rooting out corruption (despite the fact they had only reacted when forced by irrifutable evidence) and that they had done enough by suspending those 6 and were free of corruption.
FIFA held high level assessments of the proposed venues. Russia scored low for 2018 and Qatar was the lowest for 2022.
Like the IOC, FIFA have mandates that competitions should provide a to the host nation and should not be a vanity project dictatorships or autocrats to avoid the embarrassment of white elephant stadia etc. And then they awarded them to Russia and Qatar One stadium in Russia and 4 out of the 6 in Qatar will have greater capacities than the town they are situated in
And now this week we have seen even more accusations. And this is just the start.
You right Jaquie. its just sour grapes Do some research before publishing misinformation and bias.
Qatar has money and will expand locations where it is played. It also avoids sponsorship conflicts as the royal family will not stand in the way. But on more or less every other assessment criterion it falls short.
As mentioned, even before the elections the Sunday Times reported verbal confirmation and non direct comments about Qatar and Morocco trying to buy votes. It is also obviously a vanity project with little lasting legacy which will produce at least 4 or more white elephant stadia. The country only has a population of 300,000!
But there are other issues that are yet to be thought through. FIFA is an equal opportunities organisation representing all the nations of the world. Even though Qatar is a moderate muslim nation it will still have to deal with:
1. Football fans that would like to drink]
2. Female fans from those countries who will want to dress as they like
3. Homosexual fans from those nations.
All of which are illegal or severely restricted in Qatar. Blatter assures us this is all OK. So, I assume a deal has done for a holiday in the Emirate. However, nobody has outlined what will happen if Israel qualify as to my soldes chaussures foot knowledge they are barred from visas to most, if not all muslim nations.
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