Why we should and shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying the World Cup

This really is the last chance to enjoy a World Cup. Why? The next one is in Russia, that well known country of tolerance and equality, and after that in 2022 it’s in Qatar. Fucking Qatar!

I adore the World Cup. It’s something that I’ve spent every four years waiting for since seeing the 1974 World Cup in West Germany and watching a brilliant Scotland side fail to qualify for the second stage even though they were the only unbeaten side in the tournament. Sadly, watching Scotland fail to qualify for the second stage I’d do again in 1978, and 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998. I’m amazed I didn’t die of a stroke watching my nation fail in so many gloriously spectacular ways…

There’s nary a Scot alive who doesn’t feel the loins mustering while watching that clip…

That to this day is what the World Cup is about. It’s seeing your country compete with the best in the hope, sometimes a vain hope, that you’ll beat the likes of Holland or Brazil. If you supported one of the bigger nations, the hope was to win the thing and then never, ever, ever stop wittering on about it like the English have…

But now the problem is that FIFA are so fucking corrupt that they’ve pissed in the soup of millions upon millions of football fans around the world. Why FIFA are evil can be best summed up in this bit of brilliance from John Oliver…

If anyone struggles to articulate why there’s a dilemma for football fans in supporting the World Cup but at the same time, they hate FIFA and especially that toad Sepp Blatter, then show them that video and it’ll be made perfectly clear. See, we all love football, but we hate FIFA.

This really is the last World Cup for the foreseeable future to truly throw yourself into. I will watch the Russian one in four years through very gritted teeth but fuck 2022. I won’t be watching any of it. I won’t be part of something that stands for the egalitarian and socialist roots of football as it was born in the cities of Victorian Britain all that time ago. Qatar should be boycotted by every football fan because of the sheer evil of seeing people die for a corrupt, repressive nation hosting what should an open joyous occasion.

So I’m going to love every minute of this World Cup, apart from the opening ceremony which seemed to feature Jennifer Lopez looking embarrassed about standing next to a Right Said Fred impersonator…..


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