Think of this as Volume 18, Number 26 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
FIFA is a private organization, and governments are forbidden from running national affiliates. It’s also a global organization, and uses that status to get out of paying all sorts of taxes, pitting one country against another to do so. It’s supposed to be about promoting kids’ soccer, but it’s mostly run for the benefit of the people who run FIFA.
You can argue over whether Qatar paid off FIFA officials for the 2022 World Cup. You can argue about whether Qatar is a “21st century slave state.” You can’t argue about the corruption inherent in FIFA. The group canned the man who headed CONCACAF, the regional group the U.S. belongs to, over corruption. A man named Chuck Blazer, who was put in charge of U.S. operations 20 years ago, got rich as “Mr. 10%", taking rake-offs on events for doing nothing more than approving them.
But this is not a football story. The FIFA story is not unusual.