Futbol fans! Are you excited to see another cruel, corrupt and malicious authoritarian state be awarded for their all around ... (well let's not beat around the bush) Evilness?
Saudi Arabia to host 2034 World Cup – what does it mean for football?
FIFA and its president, Gianni Infantino, tell us regularly how the role of world football’s governing body is all about developing the sport across the world. FIFA’s website also tells us FIFA “is modernising football to be global, accessible and inclusive in all aspects. Not just on one or two continents, but everywhere”.
Now, mere reader, you might be wondering how being “inclusive in all aspects” translates to Saudi Arabia, where Amnesty International reported over 100 executions between January and October 2023 and where LGBTQ+ people are discriminated against in law, but that, according to FIFA’s president, is actually very exclusionary of you.
Other clues for why FIFA might enjoy a World Cup in Saudi Arabia may be traced back to an interview with Jerome Valcke, the former FIFA secretary general (later convicted by a Swiss court for accepting bribes), who said in 2013 that sometimes “less democracy is better for organising a World Cup”.
So? What are the Vegas odds on the survivability of this round of Middle Eastern slave labor used to build the World Cup infrastructure for Saudi Arabia?
About the same or will more slaves die during Saudi Arabia construction process than in Qatar?
Remember! It's just a game. The World's favorite deadly game if you will.