I like FIFA

I know very little about football but I do remember watching the 1966 World Cup as a ten year old with my mum’s family in Germany with grumpy men in a smoking sitting room.
Our recent world cup bid team seemed to show sour grapes about FIFAs decisions to place the next world cups in unlikely places, and a failure of imagination. It seems to my ignorant gaze that FIFA are using football to achieve certain political and cultural objectives. It could do Russia a lot of good to have to prepare for the world cup in 2018. If they relax their visa requirements, they could see an influx of visitors for the time of the competition but doing completely unrelated things. It could even include me on a quick trip to Leningrad. Likewise a world cup in Qatar, as the leader of their bid said, it could play a small part in breaking down western ignorance and predjudce about the middle east. These seem really good reasons to award these two countries the competition rather than keeping it with the same old club.
My goodness, I can’t believe I’ve just written about football.