I have mixed feelings on this – I hate to see major world events of this type lending credibility to rogue states, a category that surely includes Russia. At the same time, I'm opposed to the politicization of sport. Or, I should say, increased politicization of sport.
However, in announcing their their decision, FIFA was as silly as usual:
FIFA ... said a World Cup in the country ''can be a force for good.''
''FIFA believes this will be the case for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,'' the governing body said.Right – because the idea of sports events as a force for good was so recently proven by the Winter Olympics in Russia.
Actually, I imagine the FIFA board was grateful for the political calls to move the Cup out of Russia, because it gave them an opportunity to go demand another round of bribes from Putin.