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Down With FIFA!

Paris, France -- The world is watching soccer - the most vociferous display of jingoism today, and not an outlet for it, either. FIFA may be good at organizing games, but it is also suspected to be expert at milking...

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Anonymous:

If the UN was created to fight plages then it should fight itself.The UN was created for nothing more than what it is, an imcopetent tool of the powerfuls,A weak and corrupted institutions that's nothing but a cover for the most despicable elements and groups of elements on the planet, from thirld world's despots and murderers to first world's.I think Christine should point the UN at being more capable in handling the situations that are critical to the world, you gotta be a real mindless idiot to worry about world cups, fifa, jingoism etc. After what happened in Rwanda and happening in Sudan and dozens of others parts of the planet.If i wanna spend my money and time in watching world cup games, painting my face, buying big hats,wigs,flags,banners and beer while supporting my team and making a fool of myself on the stands with people from all over the planet, well godamn it then i'll do that. Instead of spending it paying an internet connection to come and read senseless stupidity like this sh...

agoldman:

The real problem is corruption. I don't blame FIFA for the behavior of English hooligans and German Nazis. I do blame FIFA for corruption allegations that have dogged it for years (latest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2006/06_june/11/panorama.shtml)

David:

Hey
Jingoism is a strong word for soccer...
Anyway thinking about the money and the universal attraction for that game it s a little bit scary in some points (violent fans for example) , nevertheless I don t think that the USA will attack Saudi Arabia for their petrol because they would have lost a match against them, I'm kidding of course, Saudi Arabia cannot win a match (I'm still kidding but half B-> )

blert:

What's wrong with FIFA?

Well, for one, if there were nothing wrong, then the world would currently be focused on World Cup 2006 in South Africa, but some behind-the-scenes pressuring and cajoling of the Oceania vote by Germany thwarted any chance for this year of holding the World Cup in Africa for the first time.

I'm also not so certain that FIFA isn't associated with running brothels, at least indirectly, considering that estimates before the World Cup pointed to half a million women being imported into Germany to meet the increased demand for prostitutes during June and July. Granted, FIFA isn't actually running these brothels, but they also aren't investing any money that I'm aware of into preventing prostitution and human trafficking during their events.

hodgetts:

Andrew Jennings of BBC Panorama team has been chasing this subject for many years. He has found facts and figures concerning the FIFA, the ISL, and the CONCACAF companies, etc.

This was all shown on a Panorama programme this week
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/5070224.stm#

Anybody who does not view this documentary can not really speak about the degrees of corruption in world football.

Diego Moita:

How can we have democracy, justice, education and institutions without nations? The World Cup is not a display of jingoism, it is a display of legitimate and healthy nationalism. A nationalism respectfull of rules, referees and scores. There are dozens of countries in the world were political problems are solved with guns. When the people in these countries see losers lose, winers win and guns don't trump institutions they have an hint of life can be when law prevails.

leave them be:

Um just have to say whats wrong with fifa? leave them be.

Jacknut:

On the other hand, no one from FIFA has been caught running a brothel on company time. I'll take FIFA's corruption over the UN's incompetence and indifference anyday.

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