Discussion in 'World Cup 2014 Brazil' started by juice_terry, Jun 9, 2014.
very good. required viewing even. that 4,000 deaths figure on Qatar is just unbelievable gx
Good piece. Last Week Tonight is one of the very few things worth watching now on TV in America.
Great video: a real eye opener.
Nobody's posting on this thread. Is everything Oliver's saying just common knowledge to Europeans?
That FIFA crowd seem like a bunch of arrogant twats.
even people who don't really follow football are well aware of how the world governing body for it are shameless grasping fucks
TBH if you've got a vague grasp of what 'The World Cup' is and what 'Qatar' is then you're pretty much there.
I have a vague theory- in america land the corruption and illegal betting having been so long a real money spinner for the mafia (the pre drug faves- protection, bookmaking, prostitution) that governing bodies for the big team sports are under greater scrutiny, actual oversight and consequences. So while it no doubt goes on, its a little less brazen. Who can call FIFA to account? the pope? the ghost of pele?
common knowledge to British people. A lot of people elsewhere give FIFA a bit of a pass because when the Brits ran FIFA they were even worse.
Also, if I recall correctly, there were some prominent bribery/game-fixing scandals as early as the Twenties, with baseball [the name 'Shoeless Joe Jackson' comes to mind, might be wrong]. The public scandal and outrage was big enough that it's reverberated through organized sports in the US, to the present day.
John Oliver is very, very good. All of these are worth watching.
Putin has repaid the compliment by suggesting that Baltter should be awarded a Nobel Prize.
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