LoneRifle wrote:Kraxis wrote:Yakhont wrote:http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32982449
Blatter quits, cue the conspiracy. Probably too much pressure.
UEFA pretty much said, "boycott the Russian WC, make own cup with select South American nations invited." In other words, if UEFA did that the 'real' World Cup would be a second rate cup. FIFA simply couldn't take that. And while I am wholly on UEFA's side, such a split would be disastrous to football in general.
Would it be even worse than things already are though? I'm not sure at this point. The rot is set rather deeply.
I believe it would be. Because while the corruption is real and bad, it has yet to manifest itself as bad for the game and the spectators. The Qatar WC might just be that though, but at least they have semi-salvaged it so far. If it becomes as bad as I fear it might be, then yes. By the way, it wasn't the Russian WC they wanted to boycott, but the Qatari. For obvious reasons. UEFA is pretty mad over the winter cup as it really messes up a lot of national leagues and of course Champions' League. And I agree that it sucks badly.
But it hasn't yet happened, and it would be the first cup that would be downright bad. So far all cups have been acceptable or better. That's a good track record.
It can be a lot better, and I want FIFA to get cleaned out until it is a hollow shell and then filled up again with clean people. But splitting football down the middle, with Europe and the best of the rest vs everyone else, would be terrible for the game. The World Cup isn't the best cup in terms of quality of play. Too many bad teams get in, and too many bad refs get in. But it is by far the best cup in overall feeling. It shows a lot of football cultures and the atmosphere is very different from the European Cup, which is much the same as we see always here, little new, little different. I have been to one of each and the intensity is greater in the EC, but the WC just feels a lot more welcoming and... should I say friendly, in atmosphere. It would be a massive loss to not have that any more.