By Walter Broeckx
I think we have over the years written a fair number of articles about Fifa and the way the association is very close to a criminal organisation that is standing above laws that other companies and people have to obey. If you allow Fifa to organise a worldcup in your country you almost give up your law system, traffic laws, tax laws…. Because paying taxes is nothing for Fifa.
Fifa can order the police to throw people in jail even if it is just for wearing the wrong clothes. Fifa don’t pay VAT or other taxes. Fifa wants its own car lanes so that their big bobo’s don’t have to stand in the traffic like other normal people. No, standing in line with the rest of the people is not for Fifa bosses.
With all the corruption scandals that has surrounded Fifa all these years I still can’t get it why any country is still involved with them. How on earth the national football organisations stay member of this corrupt organisation is beyond me.
I think they are afraid of missing out on world cups and by moving out of Fifa they might anger the braindead people who want to wave their country’s flag and while smashing other braindead people on their heads for supporting their country.
This is so medieval… I’m sorry but I think have skipped that phase in human behaviour and I’m not that interested in countries playing other countries. And certainly not when it ends in riots, fighting and hurting people. Rant over.
Going back to Fifa we know now that the giving a world cup to a country is mostly about who gives the most to whom. There is no fair process. Just money or other benefits changing from one person/organisation/country to the people who voted or who decided who will vote.
And thus we get a world cup that should be played in dangerous conditions. Now you might say: Hey, the Arab countries can’t help it that the temperature is so high over there and they shouldn’t be punished for something they can’t help. Okay fair enough but imagine if a country would offer to play the world on the North Pole. There are a few countries who claim that the North Pole should be theirs so it could be possible. Imagine they get the North pole as belonging to their country.
Now nobody with a sane brain would play a world cup on the North pole with temperatures well below zero. But then again should the North Pole be punished for this?
I think the safety of the footballers should be the main concern when appointing a world cup and sending out players in temperatures above 40°C is not really smart.
But apart from the temperatures there is also the matter of how people treat other people. The way Qatar is treating the people who come to work on the stadiums is well known. People who come to work there are just toys in the hands of their employers. They have no rights but to work, work, work and work. They can’t leave the country I have read, as their passports are given in the hands of the employers. So if they want to quit their job they can’t as they can’t get back home.
The working conditions are close to criminal and according to human rights organisations several hundreds of people have already died in the inhuman working conditions. Of course this is not important for the Fifa bosses. Why should they care about the welfare of exchangeable workers? If one dies, just replace him with another piece of meat.
Fifa organised an investigative body but that is like the tax evader judging the tax department. They just said it wasn’t too bad you know. You always have people who are not completely satisfied.
But now we see a first step from one migrant worker who was brave enough to stand up to Fifa. And we also see one brave football association that is brave enough to try to do something about the working conditions in Qatar.
The Dutch KNVB – the organisation that is at the forefront of the campaign for video refereeing, has also been sticking its neck out on this issue of Qatar.
For the Dutch KNVB and a migrant worker from Bangladesh have filed a complaint against Fifa. They claim that handing out the world cup to Qatar was wrong as it is a country where migrant workers are are structurally exploited by the government.
Swiss and Dutch lawyers informed Fifa last Sunday about the law case they have filed against the Association. They demand that the laws in Qatar are changed and that the exploitation of the migrant workers is stopped and that their working conditions become more human.
I must say that I take off my hat for the fact that the Dutch KNVB is standing tall once again. Maybe other national football organisations from other countries could wake up and grow a pair of balls, and join in the complaint. Who knows, if enough big countries would say that they would boycott the world cup it might start moving things a bit.
Now Fifa’s defence is a bit ridiculous if you ask me. Because Fifa is saying they don’t have any influence on the local laws from a country. If it were not for the case of the thousands of workers that are the victim of the exploitation I would laugh out loud.
So Fifa, the organisation that demands that the tax laws are changed for them, the organisation that demands that traffic laws are changed for them, the organisation that demands that young girls dressed in the wrong clothes are arrested during a world cup now say that they can’t do anything about the laws in a country???????
Fifa washing their hands in innocence with that argument…. It is sick. It makes my blood boil as changing the laws of a country is one of the things that each time is happening when a country gets the world cup.
On the one hand it is good that the Dutch KNVB started this legal action against Fifa. But where is the rest of the national football associations? Time to stick out their neck and join the Dutch. Or even better would be to leave Fifa but then again the power of Fifa is that they know that this would upset the mindless football fan who doesn’t care about people losing their lives in order to be able to wave their flags.
Let us hope the Swiss legal system will take this on and force Fifa to at least do something about the fate of the exploited migrant workers. But I am not holding my breath to be honest….