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  • The World Cup, BBC, and Corruption

    Posted by Micah

    12 September, 2010

    By Amanda Jackson , Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator, Micah Challenge International As an Australian with great love for my adopted home in London, I have been following with interest the bid by England to host the 2018 World Cup. In terms of global audience and the money generated, it is the world's biggest sporting competition. The bid process is expensive. It is estimated that England spent $26 million in an effort to host it in 2018. In the end they received only 2 votes out of a possible 22 (Russia won). The decision caused much angst in the nation that invented the sport. What had gone wrong? Some said the vote was a backlash against a BBC program , which exposed corruption in the way international football is run. The BBC revealed that three executives of football's governing body, FIFA, took bribes as part of a wider corruption scandal totaling around $100 million in secret payments. A fourth FIFA boss was accused of involvement in the corrupt sale of World Cup tickets. All four voted in the World Cup bid for 2018. You may not think… read more

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