Ewan McKenna: In world football, have immoralities merely taken the place of illegalities?

Ewan McKenna: In world football, have immoralities merely taken the place of illegalities?
FIFA president Giovanni Infantino with Cristiano Ronaldo Pic Getty

Everyone here is winning, except for the sport and its fans

So this is what the new Fifa looks like. A couple of weeks back, the governing body of football decided to expand the World Cup by a third, to a massive 48 countries. That’s more than one in five members that’ll shack up from 2026 at what is supposed to be the premier platform of the game. However, it was little surprise given that it was the promise that got Giovanni Infantino the presidency. The real issue is how and why it passed and, predictably, the answers are of little surprise either. With profits now set to rise by €600 million, many associations were pleased by the idea, with the trade-off allowing Infantino to insulate himself with votes from enough countries concerned with bank balances.

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