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SoccerAmerica lays out the pertinent details in English from France Football‘s scathing investigation (or really compilation) of corruption allegations in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. While SoccerAmerica takes it all in a stride signs off with a bit of smug self-congratulation over how Don Garber stuck to his guns and kept MLS to a summer schedule because World Cup 2022 will almost certainly have to be played in the Winter, I’m not so cynical as to dismiss this as “business as usual” for the FIFA Executive Committee, even though it basically probably is.

I’d like to say the World Cup is bigger than the small cabal of extraordinarily wealthy politicians slinging around pork for play, but it’s the FIFA World Cup, forever and always. So you can either accept the shovelled manure on offer in this awful business from the smiling bureaucrats in Zurich while impoverished, rights-less migrants prepare to build the damn thing, or you can not watch it. I’ll be watching Brazil 2014, but it will be a job. I’d encourage you not to, until FIFA and others force an end to this kind of influence-peddling.

But fat chance of that happening, so on and on it goes…