After Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018/2022 World Cup ahead of England, Spain-Portugal, Belgium-Netherlands, Japan, Australian, United States and South Korea, there has been much speculation that FIFA should be forced to change. It was a complete shock when both winners were announced as the majority of the fans would have thought that England and USA would be the next hosts. British media and loads of journalists raged that there is a great chance of FIFA being corrupted and with some fishy voting going on behind the scenes, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone speaks out in the near future about what really happened.
However, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has gone on to defend the process of the World Cup selections as he went on to state that the way the countries were decided were “perfectly organized, perfectly transparent and perfectly under control.”
As people still feel that the whole process was corrupted, Valcke went on to speak about the whole situation saying the following:
“If we say yes, yes it does not work; we would recognize something went wrong. I’m sorry to say we have organized a voting system which was very transparent. If the question is it’s not transparent because you don’t know who voted for whom, you will never know for whom I voted for between Nicolas Sarkozy and (French Socialist politician) Segolene Royal three years ago when the election took place. I will not tell because that is my freedom to decide for whom I voted without having to say publicly my choice.”
Although Valcke’s word may not be enough, Chuck Blazer also felt the need to speak out as he claims that “The process had not failed at all”.
“Here where we have closed ballot, we are criticized for not opening the ballot and causing greater transparency. Personally, I feel there is a need for a closed ballot at FIFA at this level because of fact there are many governments and other individuals interested in potentially influencing the votes of members who may be in their own constituency. The one way to protect them is allowing them to vote without it being public. People who yell transparency, well there are problems sometimes in that transparency if it has a negative effect on those people who need to exercise judgment.”
Chuck Blazer is also one man that the English no longer trust as they felt that he was betrayed by not giving them his promised vote. However, Blazer spoke out about the rumors spreading as well saying it’s “Completely Ludicrous” for anyone to say such a thing.
“I’ve been very clear to anyone who was involved in the bidding and had impression on how I was leaning. I never made a promise to anyone how I was going to vote. I certainly never disappointed anyone. I voted for Russia and the United States and I did so for what I believed were good and sufficient reasons.”
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