Foul play dressed as fairplay for Russia 2018!

November 28, 2017

 The FIFA World Cup Trophy prior to

Excitement may be building for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, with all 32 teams now confirmed for the next edition of football’s showpiece event.

However, ekowasmahsports.com notes that fairplay is hardly at play, checking the representations of the respective confederations for Russia, next year.

ekowasmahsports demonstrates the terrible bias – inspite of fifa’s dubious claim of fairplay – in favour of UEFA representations (14, almost half of the 32!) at the fifa senior world cup, looking at the teams that will appear at the Russia 2018 assembly.

Please find the list below, beginning with the least to the most:

OFC (0 out of 11 Associations): (0%!) OF THE 32 WORLD CUP SPOTS!

CONCACAF (3 out of 35 Associations): (9.38%) of the 32 SPOTS:

COSTA RICALos Ticos impressed at Brazil 2014, making the quarter-finals
MEXICO – The Mexicans lost just once in qualifying for Russia 2018
PANAMA – The central Americans are making their World Cup debut in Russia

CONMEBOL (5 out of 10 Associations): (15.625%) of the 32 SPOTS: 

ARGENTINA – The two-time champions appeared at the inaugural edition at Uruguay 1930
BRAZILA Seleção were the first team to qualify after hosts Russia
COLOMBIALos Cafeteros coach Jose Pekerman was in charge of his native Argentina at Germany 2006
PERU – The Peruvians return to the world finals for the first time in 36 years
URUGUAYLa Celeste were world champions as hosts in 1930 and at Brazil 1950

AFC (5 out of 46 Associations): (15.625%) of the 32 SPOTS:

AUSTRALIA – The Socceroos are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup
IRANTeam Melli were the first Asian team to qualify for Russia 2018
JAPAN – The Japanese have made the Round of 16 on two occasions
KOREA REPUBLIC – The Taeguk Warriors have been a World Cup ever-present since 1986
SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudis made their World Cup debut at USA 1994

CAF (5 out of 54 Associations): (15.625%) of the 32 SPOTS: 

EGYPT – The Pharaohs are making their first world finals appearance since Italy 1990
MOROCCO – The Atlas Lions topped African zone Group C in qualification
NIGERIA – The Super Eagles have only missed one tournament since their debut at USA 1994
SENEGAL – In their debut at Korea/Japan 2002, the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals
TUNISIA – At Argentina 1978, the Carthage Eagles became the first African team to win a World Cup match

UEFA (14 out of 55 Associations): (43.75%) of the 32 SPOTS:

BELGIUM – The Belgians went undefeated in topping UEFA Group H in qualifying
CROATIA – The Croatians finished third in their World Cup debut at France 1998
DENMARK – The Danes secured qualification with a comfortable play-off win over Republic of Ireland
ENGLAND – The Three Lions have made the finals 14 times from 16 qualifying campaigns
FRANCELes Bleus are making a sixth-straight world finals appearance
GERMANY – The defending world champions registered a 100 per cent record in qualifying
ICELAND – The smallest country by population ever to qualify for a World Cup
POLAND – The Poles finished third at Germany 1974 and Spain 1982
PORTUGALA Seleção das Quinas are making a fifth-straight finals appearance
RUSSIA – As the Soviet Union, the World Cup hosts finished fourth at England 1966
SERBIA – The Serbs topped UEFA Group D in qualification with only one defeat
SPAIN – Champions in 2010, Spain’s World Cup debut was at Italy 1934
SWEDEN – The Swedes were runners-up as World Cup hosts in 1958
SWITZERLAND – The Swiss have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions

Definitely, the current ratio of representations – almost 50% (14 out of total 32 spots) for UEFA tilts the scale LARGELY AND UNFAIRLY in favour of the UEFA BLOCK, making it favour European domination, presenting a skewed argument of so-called domination and or superiority.

After all, the current world champions, Europe’s Germany, struggled just to tie Africa’s Ghana (2-2) at the group stage of the Brazil 2014 showpiece. Wherein lies the so-called superiority, in the stated example?

What, therefore, gives justification for the current ratio of 43.75% (UEFA) to 15.625% (CAF)?

Again, wherein lies the justification of UEFA’s 43.75% ratio of world cup slots to the 15.725%s of  AFC and CONMEBOL, and the 9.38% of CONCACAF, to say NOTHING of the ABSOLUTE INJUSTICE of 0% for the OFC including Papua New Guinea and New Zealand?

In conclusion, how could six confederations split 32 spots at Russia 2018, FAIRLY, and leave one Confederation, the OFC, with ZERO REPRESENTATION? Is that the fairplay Fifa brags about? Ah, aah! That’s more like FOUL PLAY masquerading as FAIRPLAY!

For the record, American Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Solomon Islands make up the OFC.

Now, it begs the question, can fifa play fair? On the strength of the evidence, so far, that’s hardly the motive.

EDITED FROM: fifa.com


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