Jun 21 2010

FIFA, Long Descended into Tyranny, Erects Façade of Democratic Legitimacy

World Cup 2010: Fans, robbers and a marketing stunt face justice, Fifa style

Fascinating piece from the Guardian echoing my recent sentiments on FIFA becoming more like the WWF than a legitimate sporting regulatory body. With the organization spiraling for decades now into its demagoguery, recent World Cups have showcased farcical refereeing and an intangible idea of fate or destiny which is viciously guarded by FIFA. The unquestionable referees, the dodgy decisions made by institution and on-field actors, the politics hidden behind a curtain of secrecy; things like this make one wonder just where is the game going. With all the rhetoric about “preserving” a game that is unrecognizable in comparison to its 19th century institutional origin, the idea of the global market is an all too obvious inspiration that architects FIFA policies. Cue the group of female Dutch fans, arrested and held in a special FIFA court for wearing a number of similar orange dresses, accused of being guerilla marketers, unwelcome invaders in the FIFA dictatorship.

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