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By: Trevor LaFauci

Lost among this week’s FIFA bribery allegations was a piece by The Washington Post on Wednesday looking at exactly how dangerous the culture of deceit and deception around FIFA has become.

It’s one thing to be upset about nearly $150 million in bribes regarding tournaments for the world’s most popular sport.  It’s another thing entirely to realize that these bribes, and more importantly the men behind these bribes, have not only endangered the lives of thousands of innocent people but have also caused the death of over a thousand people so far with that number only expected to rise.

As the above graphic shows, nearly 1,200 migrant workers, many of them Nepalese, have died since construction began on Qatar’s World Cup sites in December of 2010.  These workers are hundreds of miles away from their families, living in squalid conditions, forced to work in summer heat that approaches 140 degrees, doing dangerous and often unsafe work, and all for minimal wages.  At this current pace, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die by the time the World Cup kicks off in 2022.  In an event designed to bring the world together, the Qatar World Cup is instead being used to line the pockets of millionaires at the expense of thousands of poor, migrant workers who are literally giving their lives for the games to proceed.

As the FIFA scandal unfolds in the coming weeks, the world will come to see the organization for what it is:  A group of corrupt, lying, and tactless individuals who will do anything in their power to line their own pockets.  Comedians like John Oliver have made this point abundantly clear.  Yet now that we have actual numbers as do how deadly this culture can be, will anything be done?  Sure they have been half-baked calls on the United States to boycott the 2022 World Cup.

 But when will we as sports fans, nay as human beings, say enough is enough?

People are currently dying for sport.  These are not the days of the Coliseum in ancient Rome.  This is the 21st century where we now have cable and internet and know exactly what is going on.  It is no secret that thousands of innocent people will be killed so that 32 countries can send grown men to kick a ball in a net and eventually, the men that put the ball in the net the most times get to hold a trophy with two human figures holding up the Earth.

Because what better way to lift up the world than to kill the poorest among us so the rich get richer?

Copyright Trevor LaFauci, sports.politicususa.com 2015

How the Indicted Officials Fit Into FIFA

By LARRY BUCHANAN, TOM GIRATIKANON and KAREN YOURISH UPDATED JUNE 2, 2015

Here are the high-ranking soccer officials and sports executives caught up in the FIFA investigation, as well as some of the schemes detailed in the Department of Justice indictment that alleges widespread corruption over the past two decades.

PRESIDENT

Sepp Blatter

Mr. Blatter resigned as president of FIFA a week after the indictments were announced.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

At least six years before each World Cup, members of FIFA’s executive committee vote by secret ballot to choose the host country.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

VICE PRESIDENTS

There are eight. One former and two current vice presidents were indicted.

KEY

Indicted

Convicted

FORMER V.P

Jack Warner

Trinidad and Tobago

OUTGOING V.P.

Eugenio Figueredo

Uruguay, United States

CURRENT V.P

Jeffrey Webb

Cayman Islands

2010 World Cup

The indictment says South Africa paid $10 million in bribes for votes from Jack Warner and two other committee members in its bid to become the host country.

ATTACHÉ TO MR. WEBB

Costas Takkas

Cayman Islands

OTHER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

There are more than a dozen other members of the executive committee, appointed by confederations and associations. One former member and one member-elect were indicted.

Copa América Marketing Rights

Nicolás Leoz allegedly received bribes over two decades in exchange for awarding companies the marketing and media rights to Copa América, South America’s soccer championship.

Rafael Esquivel allegedly solicited approximately $1 million in 2007 from Traffic Sports for his continued support as exclusive holder of marketing rights to Copa América.

FORMER MEMBER

Charles Blazer

United States

FORMER MEMBER

Nicolás Leoz

Paraguay

MEMBER-ELECT

Eduardo Li

Costa Rica

OTHER FIFA OFFICIALS

Daryll Warner

Trinidad and Tobago, United States

Julio Rocha

Nicaragua

José Maria Marin

Brazil

Rafael Esquivel

Venezuela

Sports Marketing Companies

According to the indictment, companies paid millions in bribes to win commercial rights for high-profile competitions, which they sold to sponsors and broadcast networks.

SPORTS MARKETING EXECUTIVES

Alejandro Burzaco

Argentina

Aaron Davidson

United States

José Hawilla

Brazil

Hugo Jinkis

Argentina

Mariano Jinkis

Argentina

BROADCASTING EXECUTIVE

José Margulies
Brazil

Source: The New York Times

CHART: INDICTED FIFA OFFICIALS

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