FIFA Corruption On Epic Scale
Today will go down in history as the day that changed football forever. The FBI undertook a number of dawn raids to arrest officials whose duty had been to ensure the integrity of the sport, but who appear to have colluded in one of the longest running and most lucrative examples of corruption that sport has ever seen.
For details of the arrests and allegations you won't go far wrong with the BBC's report here.
The question no-one seems prepared to answer is what happens to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, due to be held in Qatar and Russia and now almost certainly tainted by the knowledge that they were secured as a result of the bribery of corrupt officials.
It is unthinkable that these tournaments should proceed as planned. FIFA should immediately call a halt to the proceedings, particularly in Qatar where the death toll of migrant workers rises on a daily basis.
The 2022 tournament bidding process can be re-done, however it is too late to do that for 2018. Either the tournament should be cancelled or rescheduled in a country with existing infrastructure in place.
Whilst a part of me would like to see the 2018 tournament cancelled to ensure the corruption of those involved is never forgotten, this would punish those players who would miss the opportunity to represent their countries at the highest level. So an alternative venue must be found.
Logically there is only one choice for this venue: the UK. Existing stadia, transport and supporting infrastructure, fresh from the success of the 2012 Olympics and a cathartic homecoming for a sport in disarray.