FIFA’s many own goals…..and our complicity

There are few, if any, organisations on this planet that could have provided us with such a litany of case studies on how not to go about your business as our dear friends – or is that fiends? – at FIFA.

Indeed, anyone who has followed FIFA’s history knows that they’re seldom far from controversy when it comes to business dealings and the organisation’s sorry governance track record. You could say they’re clearly in a league of their own when it comes to scoring own goals.

Which begs the question…why did everyone sit around and do little or nothing until the US regulators started to investigate the organisation and found all was not as it should be?

It’s not like there has never been a whiff of the corrupt stuff, is it?

Just about everyone has long known that this has been one of the shadiest crowds around.

It’s easy to say, but this is a classic example of the notion that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely…and its tentacles are far-reaching.

Soccer, football, the round ball game, the beautiful game, call it what you will, is also undoubtedly the world game. It is played by millions upon millions across the globe, in practically every country…and watched by billions, week in, week out, year after year.

It’s huge. It’s big, big money we’re talking about.

And the power and economic value-add that comes with winning a World Cup bid and hosting the event that captivates pretty much the entire world for a four-week period every four years is massive.

That’s probably why member nations – after all, the national entities make up FIFA – have tended to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans, hoping that one day, maybe just one day, THEIR ship will come in.

I’ve been on a bit of a quotable quotes crusade and I’ll throw in another one here.

‘Evil thrives when good people do nothing’.

And that, precisely, is what has been happening at FIFA for far too many years. You’d have thought one country, in all this time, would have stood up and called it for what it is.

But I guess because the countries collectively have a stake in FIFA and are probably all making good money via their membership, they’re not prepared to rock the boat.

Sadly, the only conclusion I can draw is that money, especially when you’re drowning in it, is counter-intuitive to good governance.

And when truckloads of the stuff is coming in through the front door, morality is slinking out of the back door!

Until next time,
Kate.

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