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I've made a note to shop elsewhere in future. Or perhaps going forward.

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The football community have a tough choice.  FIFA is rotten to the core and seems to be incapable of reform. Are international teams really going to go and compete in Quatar, the single stupidest decision in the history of sports administration, or are they going to grow some balls and do something about it?

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The football community have a tough choice.  FIFA is rotten to the core and seems to be incapable of reform. Are international teams really going to go and compete in Quatar, the single stupidest decision in the history of sports administration, or are they going to grow some balls and do something about it?


The clubs will go where the fans go.  If the fans go, there's money, if the fans don't, there isn't.

The fans will go.

Fifa will make money

The press will tut

Nothing will change.

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The clubs will go where the fans go.  If the fans go, there's money, if the fans don't, there isn't.

The fans will go.

Fifa will make money

The press will tut

Nothing will change.


fifa don't give a f*ck about the fans. they get their money from sponsors and broadcasters. fans want to see games, so they'll subscribe to the broadcasters and watch the adverts.

someone needs to get a few key non-corrupt national associations in a room with some key broadcasters and big sponsors. that's a group with half a chance of bringing blatter and his mates crashing down.
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fifa don't give a f*ck about the fans. they get their money from sponsors and broadcasters. fans want to see games, so they'll subscribe to the broadcasters and watch the adverts.

someone needs to get a few key non-corrupt national associations in a room with some key broadcasters and big sponsors. that's a group with half a chance of bringing blatter and his mates crashing down.


Most of the most financially important leagues and national associations are in Europe.  If that block was governed by a fair and open governing body, prepared to work in the interests of all it's member nations, and stand against the global influence of a small number of individuals, from smaller footballing nations, with a disproportionate say in the world governing body (and some might argue more interest in leveraging their interest for personal gain), then it would have half a chance of achieving something.

Oh.

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fifa don't give a feck about the fans. they get their money from sponsors and broadcasters. fans want to see games, so they'll subscribe to the broadcasters and watch the adverts.

someone needs to get a few key non-corrupt national associations in a room with some key broadcasters and big sponsors. that's a group with half a chance of bringing blatter and his mates crashing down.


The sponsors only want to sponsor teams that are being watched on telly and watched at the ground.

If there were no fans there would be no sponsorship.

No-one wants to advertise to an empty stadium or on a channel that no-one watches.

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The sponsors only want to sponsor teams that are being watched on telly and watched at the ground.

If there were no fans there would be no sponsorship.

No-one wants to advertise to an empty stadium or on a channel that no-one watches.


fifa make their money from the world cup, so it's tournament sponsorship that matters. empty grounds would devalue that sponsorship a bit.. but it would take a long time to really make a dent in things (what with fans only getting a chance to not turn up once every four years) and, when it comes down to it, you could pay people to sit in the seats and still have a profitable tournament.

fans could get together to trouble national bodies, and probably UEFA too (via the champions league), but FIFA are a different matter entirely.
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Under the utterly impossible scenario where every fan stopped going to every game and the viewing figures were all reduced to zero from tomorrow with a clear and unambiguous message coming from the fans that no-one anywhere was going to stick their hand in their pocket for football until something changed, something would change.

FIFA, the clubs and the sponsors are all in the game for one reason and that's to make money out of the fans either by selling them football or by making their product more desirable by association with 'the beautiful game'.  If you take away the fan's money either direct or associated, then there's no money at all.


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.......He must be pretty confident about sticking his neck out on this one.


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“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,”


Probably not.

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Reply #11
Er......eh?

Rio Ferdinand? Who had to rely on being dozy as his 'defence' to missing a drug test?

Right.

http://gu.com/p/4xnjp

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Reply #12
This is a long article, but worth it. Read it as you sit in a traffic jam on the way to work, or something.

http://gu.com/p/4xmn2

Verdict : football is seriously bent.

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Reply #13
Do you work for/own this gu thing?
The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.

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Yes. It's the Guardian newspaper, and I own it.