From player demonstrations to unfurled flags, Palestinian struggle has been visible and fearless at the World Cup. This World Cup featured memorable performances on the pitch—and powerful statements of solidarity with the Palestinian cause off it.
With some of the 2026 games set to take place in the New York/New Jersey region and given FIFI's history, local leaders, allied with Workers & Communities for Rights at the World Cup, are in dialogue with FIFA on human and worker rights as part of the planning process.
In 2015, FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, was brought down by allegations of industrial-scale bribes, kickbacks, money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. Its corruption extended from the decision to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar to cases of embezzlement worldwide. The author even interviews its bent former president Sepp Blatter.
This story may very well end with the seventy-nine- year-old FIFA Boss finding a new home inside a U.S. prison. But no, the United States is not the well-oiled machine Putin and others imagine, and sometimes the simplest explanations are in fact the best ones.
By criticizing the 2014 World Cup and the spending priorities of the Brazilian government, soccer legend Pelé has accomplished the rarest of feats in twenty-first-century sports media: he has shown the capacity to shock and surprise. The fact that he feels compelled to actually speak out about the carnival of injustice FIFA and the Worker's Party are creating with the 2014 World Cup only underscores just how deep the crisis remains throughout the country.
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