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FIFA boss claims a bi-yearly World Cup would stop refugees drowning in boats


FIFA boss claims a bi-yearly World Cup would stop refugees drowning in boats

In the pantheon of corrupt-ass jobs, few things compare to being the president of FIFA. But even with the acknowledgment of self-interest and rampant impropriety, nobody was prepared for Gianni Infantino on Wednesday.

Infantino, who has been the head of soccer’s international governing body since 2019, addressed a group at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of European on Wednesday to explain his vision for the sport. It somehow found a way to be even more offensive than ludicrous, and it was really ludicrous.

The biggest quote garnering attention is when Infantino suggested that if FIFA moved to having a World Cup every two years instead of four, it would provide so much hope to African refugees that they would stop trying to illegally enter Europe and die in boats that capsize. I’m being absolutely serious, he said this, and this is not an occasion where we had to read between the lines either.

“We need to find ways to include the whole world to give hope to Africans so that they don’t need to cross the Mediterranean in order to find maybe a better life but, more probably, death in the sea.”

The hot-button issue of a bi-yearly World Cup has been a FIFA dream for years, because, money, but it’s been met with considerable resistance from EUFA and other governing bodies in the sport who feel it will take away from other international competitions. It’s making Infantino desperate to herald in the two-year vision, which in turn has led him to saying ludicrously racist shit like this.

Infantino’s racist comments are being slammed by the international community. Ronan Evain who serves as the chief executive of Football Supporters Europe, Tweeted:

How low can Infantino go? Instrumentalising death in the Mediterranean to sell his megalomaniac plan is beyond words. And in front of @PACE_News, no less.

Disgusting. He is not fit to run global football.

— Ronan Evain (@RonanEvain) January 26, 2022

It should be noted that despite Infantino’s ludicrous claims, the vast majority of refugees fleeing into Europe do not come from sub-Saharan Africa, which honestly,…

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