For as much criticism as institutions like the NCAA and the IOC receive, never forget that FIFA is the king of the mountain when it comes to questions about legitimacy and corruption. FIFA and all of its glory are symbolized in the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar. Even though the tournament is more than eight years away, its credibility has been under attack from all sides. Corruption in the bidding process, abuse of foreign workers, and the drama around moving the tournament to the winter and throwing world soccer into chaos.
But all of those concerns are little more than a footnote when you're a journalist who's given an all-expenses paid trip to Qatar to write a story about the country's World Cup bid. Coincidentally, Phil Ball of ESPNFC wrote glowing praise about his journey to Qatar after he had been given a free trip to schoomze with the country's World Cup team...no comments