The world Cup Just around the corner, with the tournament kicking off a little later than previous events to alleviate some of Qatar’s sweltering heat.
The first matches of this year are scheduled November 21with the finals scheduled to take place December 18. Disagreements over the World Cup in Qatar are still ongoing since it was awarded to Gulf state, but accusations of corruption arose before the vote.
Several FIFA officials have been accused of bribery in awarding the World Cup to Qatar. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter He went so far as to say that awarding the World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake” due to the high temperatures.
Heat from the sun or politics?
More acute than the meteorological concerns were widespread concerns about allegations surrounding human rights abuses in the construction of stadiums in Qatar, which AI It is referred to as the “World Cup of Shame”.
Despite the concerns surrounding both FIFA and the World Cup being held in Qatar (and we in no way want to dispense with the seriousness of these things), this is likely to be one of the most important betting events in American organized sports. Short betting market history.
In the background, however, there will be more revelations about the consequences of a FIFA summit like Swiss The justice system now has experience with the once seemingly indomitable organization.
on me June 8experience in Bellinzona, SwitzerlandIt started with Blatter and preceded it UEFA head Michael Platini Stand as defendants. The two men, who for decades have been at or near the top of international football, are accused of defrauding the game’s governing body.
according to Washington PostIn the middle of the case is a forged bill that allowed Blatter to sign a file 2 million Push the Swiss franc to Platini. It is alleged that the payment was for Platini’s previous services as an advisor to Blatter.
It’s not the first rodeo Blatter has made about these allegations
Both Blatter and Platini have been suspended from international football again 2015 For eight years after the FIFA Ethics Committee found the amount in violation of the men’s obligation to the organisation. The commission determined that there was “no legal basis” for the payment.
The FIFA Ethics Committee has again sanctioned Blatter March 2021 After I found that Blatter and Jerome Falkthe former Secretary-General of FIFA, breached his duties of loyalty to the organization and participated in a conflict of interest.
As a result, they were each suspended for an additional six years and eight months, and fined 1 million dollars CHF, with suspension commencing after each man’s previous suspension ends.
Other Integrity Concerns?
International football has always been a victim Match manipulators. While the World Cup itself may be a difficult target (although certainly not above reform speculation in the past), international friendlies in the run-up to the main event can be ripe targets for match-fixers.
It would be wise for the authorities to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
Recent report from data provider and integrity monitoring company Sportradar revealed that Global fraud detection system It saw a slight rise in shady matches during 2021.
Football is king
Despite its lack of popularity in the United States, soccer is king of the world. This is true not only in terms of popularity, but also in terms of betting handle.
And according to the Sportradar report itself, football betting is to blame 51% of the universal handle. In addition, UEFA Champions League Games have seen more than 198 million euros Bet in the match. The World Cup handle will almost certainly pass those numbers.
Mostly American sports betting first
This will be the first World Cup where a large part of the United States has access to legitimate sports betting.
One area to watch is whether legal and widespread sports betting can help football bridge a gap that has long existed in the United States, where the sport has struggled to gain the same power it has in nearly every other country.
with the World Cup 2026 in North America And the field expands to 48 diff from 32US sports bettors will take a training run at the world’s biggest sporting event four years before it starts here.
What will we know and when?
The date for the trial of Blatter and Platini has been set 11 days, although it might have been wrapped up sooner if she had been held for whole days. Blatter reportedly suffers from poor health, so the experiment will only continue until lunchtime each day.
During the first day of the trial, Blatter was scheduled to testify, but could not after suffering from chest pains.
In a departure from the American legal system, we already know that we are expected to have a ruling in the case from the three Swiss federal judges by July 8. If the men are convicted, they will each face five years in a Swiss prison.