(KMOV) -- Bizarre decisions by FIFA to grant the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar? What, Somalia and North Korea weren't available? Russia, a country being run largely by organized crime? Qatar, a country with a population smaller than Houston, with temperatures that reach 130 degrees in July when the World Cup will be played? These were the best choices?
Russia beat out England, Portugal-Spain and The Netherlands-Belgium for the 2018 tournament. Qater beat out the United States, Japan, Australia and South Korea for 2002. The voting done by the FIFA big shots was done in private, and private is the most important concept of course. I'm guessing none of the voting members of FIFA will ever have to work another day in their life.
The FIFA organization has a long history of scandals involving vote rigging, bribery, ticket scalping and corruption. It should come as no surprise that they would do their voting in secrecy. I'd bet every dollar I have that at some point in time, it will be revealed that FIFA officials took some sort of bribe money to award the 2018 and 2022 games to Russia and Qatar. Why else would you want to stage the world's biggest sporting event in two countries where many people fear to travel?
The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994 and set a record with 3.58 million tickets sold. That didn't matter. Apparently when former president Bill Clinton made his appeal to FIFA offcials on behalf of the U.S. effort he forgot what the voters are really looking for... cash payoffs.
This is another major blow to soccer in this country, and another reason why the average American sports fan has a difficult time taking soccer seriously.