by Mark Bassey
Former England and Barcelona striker, Gary Lineker, has expressed his disgust and anger at the corruption within FIFA and called the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar “ludicrous”.
Lineker was part of the England bid team for the 2018 tournament, which was eventually awarded to Russia and said the FA should not bother bidding again.
“I was with David Beckham having a burger the night before the Qatar decision,” Lineker said in an interview with GQ magazine.
“We were out trying to get support; Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too, and I said to Becks, ‘We are the only country doing this.
“The whole thing smells; it is a done deal.”‘
“It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole FIFA thing, the corruption at the top level is nauseating.
“Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes out with so much nonsense.”
When asked about the Qatar 2022, Lineker said: “Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world, but you’d have thought they might have known it would be very hot in summer.”
The BBC presenter called for ‘clean’ countries to boycott the World Cup, if they are seeking a change in the way world football is governed.
“Yes, and it is such a shame because it is a massive sport and means so much to so many people.
“(England) are too straight, in a way – and I am not saying that as a criticism.
“We should stand up for what is right and if that means never hosting the World Cup again, fine.
“The only way it might change is for the clean countries to turn around and say, ‘You know what, we are not taking part in your tournaments’.
“But I can’t see it happening.
“There is too much at stake.”