Russia has had a long history of racism and corruption in football, yet the country is still allowed to hold the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Past incidents, like the friendly match between Russia and France in March 2018, have shown the nonwhite French football players subject to racist taunts such as being called “monkeys.”
Countries chosen to host the World Cup are sometimes investigated and stripped of their title if there is controversy surrounding them. For example, Qatar was set to hold the 2022 World Cup, but was soon investigated for bribery and corruption, leaving the decision under review.
But this begs the question as to why some countries are allowed to host sports events in the first plce while others are subject to penalty. At the end of the day it comes down to bribery, corruption and politics.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, a well-known hockey fan, had taken an interest in football, which was shocking considering that Russia never had a background in football. However, Putin saw it as a chance to display Russia’s power as well as his own. According to The New York Times, Putin had been offering valued gifts to FIFA voters to increase his chances of winning the bid to host the tournament.
Therefore, it seems that the World Cup has become a gateway for political power. FIFA, as well as other football officials, should work to end the corruption by first investigating contending countries to ensure that they are not partaking in illicit activities to host the event.
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