Beautiful game, ugly problems
Even Americans who traditionally are averse to soccer know who Pelé is. And this year more Americans than ever have embraced the Brazilian legend's assertion that soccer is the "beautiful game."
But as the World Cup unfolds in Brazil, it is apparent that the beautiful game has some ugly problems, particularly regarding the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
The Times of London reported over the weekend senior FIFA officials were bribed with millions of dollars ahead of the vote on the 2022 bids. And Qatar, a small oil-rich country on the Persian Gulf, has imported thousands of migrant laborers from Asia who have been subjected to gruesome working conditions and pay of $6.75 per day, according to The Times. That should be unacceptable to FIFA.
World Cup sponsors have begun to apply pressure to FIFA and Qatar. As suggested by Sen. Bob Casey, if Qatar does not answer for these problems, FIFA should transfer the award to the runner-up bidder - the United States.