Football, known as soccer in the United States, is ranked as the most watched and played sport in the world. With more than 240 million people who regularly play it, the sport has grown to be the most popular in the world (FIFA). What no one acknowledges after all, is the dark side of football, which includes homophobia, corruption, and most commonly racism. Racism has been a persistent problem, especially in Europe since it “first appeared around the 1970’s when England’s black players were habitually pelted with bananas, ridiculed with monkey-type grants, and subjected to chanting for no other reason than their ethnicity” (Cashmore, and Cleland 11). Since then, there have been countless anti-racism campaigns that attempt to minimize and eventually curb racism in football altogether. Large organizations such as FIFA, The FA, and even UEFA have taken initiatives to try and combat the long history of racism in football. However, their impacts have been subject to much criticism because they have failed to show significant progress. If the biggest football organizations in the world’s efforts are clearly having an insignificant impact on the fight against racism, then is fighting racism in football in general a lost cause?
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has had a history of problems involving racist comments, gestures and even physical abuse toward the darker skinned players. Due to this constant problem, FIFA has worked to establish a “Good…
The football's governing body has reportedly decided to suspend a number of its high-ranking officials, most notably its out-going president Sepp Blatter and the president of UEFA Michel Platini, as the fight to clear football of corruption continues.
It was first understood that the FIFA Ethics Committee would suspend only Sepp Blatter, but it now appears clear that the sanctions would also be used against Michel Platini as well as Jerome Valcke, the Secretary General of FIFA.
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The 2012 FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil, a country that lives and breathes soccer. Therefore, one would be surprised to know that the people of this country were outraged with hosting the 2012 World Cup. There was an outbreak of riots in the slums of Brazil due to the amount of money the country spent, but did not have, on the magnificent event. In an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he informs his audience on the issues regarding FIFA. John Oliver successfully informs his…
Futbol, football, or in America we call it like to call Soccer, is the worlds most popular sport. The World Cup which occurs every four years and consist of 32 different teams that represent their country. Where as in the “World Series” only two American teams are represented. So why call it the World series?
The process to make it into the World Cup goes on for three years. Up to 209 teams are eligible to qualify but only 32 make it to the big stage. The world is divided into 6 different…
June 29, 2015
The 2015 FIFA SCANDAL
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In mid-2015, the billion dollar nonprofit football association (FIFA) found itself in the midst of an FBI led investigation into corruption. At the of May 2015, fourteen people were arrested in connection to an investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal…