Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): FIFA and the World Cup

The Sausage Principle: “If you love something, never find out how it was made.”

John Oliver starts off his segment with that quote and then expounds on that concept brilliantly. He goes into how corrupt FIFA is and how many Brazilians are protesting hosting the World Cup because of how expensive it is and how the country will not make the back the money they invested. Towards the end he also touches on the stupidity of choosing Qatar as the 2022 World Cup. I have read and listened to many arguments against FIFA but this perhaps the most succinct and John Oliver does a great job at eviscerating the many faults of FIFA and the World Cup while still maintaining a sense of humor. The World Cup is a fantastic event, but we as fans should also demand transparency into how these events are chosen and organized. Hopefully, the recent bribery allegations can bring about some measure of change but I highly doubt it.


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