Recent World Cup Scandal Involving Qatar and Russia In this essay I will look at: How is Football Corrupt? How is Corruption is affecting football? How is Corruption being handled?
The World Cup Scandal is not the first time we have seen this level of corruption Juventus, an Italian premier club, were stripped of two Italian Serie A titles and dropped to a minor league for two seasons back in 2006 due to bribery of officials and players. In 2004 in Portugal, 171 people, including two mayors and a league’s president, were accused of being involved foul play and fixing championship games.
All footballing nations are subject to some form of corruption Corruption is fueled by the wealth involved in football Fans are excited by large money exchanges for players The people who involve themselves in corruption are those who hope to get a share of these transfers Agents Club Officials Organization Officials e.g. FIFA Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA http://www.topnews.in/sports/files /Sepp-Blatter_5.jpg
Agents have the power to be tempted from either end, they can make bribes or receive bribes"Ive encountered it once abroad when I was taking aninternational player to an Italian club and I was offered a suitcasefull of money to make sure the deal went through. I didnt want it. Ihad no interest in it.”"Lets say I buy a player from eastern Europe. I find out he is valuedat £2million by his club. I say to that club: I can sell him for £5m inEngland? There will be £500,000 in it for you but the other £2.5mmakes its way back into this account.(http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-10117412/English-football-most-corrupt-in.html , retrieved 20/10/2011)
“Are agents corrupt? No, not all? But the majority.”(http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-10117412/English-football-most-corrupt-in.html , retrieved 20/10/2011) These sources show us the areas of football that corruption is involved in. Temptation is to much for people involved to handle http://medias2.cafebabel.com/4846/thu mb/355/-/football-in-poland-is-more- corrupt-than-in-italy-poland-football- corruption-scandal-euro-2008.jpg
Destroys the reputation of those involved in the sport Players Coaches Officials Clubs Being involved in corruption contains severe consequences Heavy Fines Loss of job Long term suspensions from the sport
“Corruption destroys the essence of football” http://www.freedomfromfearmagazine.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=148:corruption-in- football&catid=47:issue-4&Itemid=183 What is the Essence of football? Values and Sportsmanship Fans and Players love for the game No singular thing can be labeled as the essence of football Corruption has a way of effecting everything within in the sport no matter what you define as the essence
If corruption continues it will destroy the sport People will no longer want to support their teams because they will not want to put their time and energy towards supporting something that they know to be fake If no action is taken, corruption will find its way into all levels of football Every football league around the globe will in way way or another be effected by the repercussions of corruption=
Strict consequences apply to those proven to be involved in corruption Special task forces are being put in place to specifically look at cases of corruption within all avenues of football Main focus is on preventing corruption from happening in the first place so there is no need for further investigations
By stopping corruption before it begins, the battle against it is already half won Sepp Baltter resigned as head of FIFA, small win against corruption http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com /wp- content/uploads/2009/03/corruption.j pg
Recent World Cup scandal has brought corruption to everyones attention If we do not begin the fight against corruption it will end up running the game Fans will no longer support their teams and players and officials will no longer want to be a part of the sport Fight against corruption has begun with special investigation teams being set up and prevention methods being examined so we stop corruption before it happens If we can get control of corruption, we can focus on what really matter, the game