The United States Bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Possibly Back in Play
Ever since the announcement that Qatar would host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, there has been a black cloud over the victory for the Middle Eastern country. There has been constant allegations of financial misconduct and corruption behind the awarding of the signature event to a country that was considered "High Risk."
According to new emails and communications uncovered by British publication The Sunday Times, Mohamed bin Hammam, former FIFA Executive Committee member from Qatar, made multiple cash payments in US Dollars from slush funds he controlled, to other members of the FIFA Executive Committee in return for their votes to award the World Cup to Qatar in 2022. More than $5 Million was paid out to multiple members, with individual cash payments totaling more than $200,000 apiece.
With this revelation, There is now a massive amount of pressure on Sepp Blatter, FIFA's President, to reopen the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup. There is also calls for a full, independent investigation to the extent of the corruption behind the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar.
If the bidding process is opened up again, it is expected that the United States would be the front-runner for the event after coming in 2nd in the original bid, as well as being one of the only countries that wouldn't need to make any infrastructure upgrades and wouldn't need to build any new stadiums to hold all matches to FIFA's high standards.
Who knows what will happen in the coming weeks, but one thing is for certain. This will call into question the transparency problems inside the worlds largest sporting organization.
I hope it leads to another FIFA World Cup being held on US soil.