BOSTON (CBS) – Sirius XM FC radio host Jason Davis joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Monday morning to discuss the FIFA corruption scandal, and what lies ahead.
“I think it’s possible there will be more indictments, but I don’t think they are going to catch [FIFA president] Sepp Blatter, despite the rhetoric out there,” Davis told T&R.
Despite the sport being thrown into controversy, Davis says don’t expect any changes to the World Cup venues.
“I don’t think the World Cups are going to change, because even if the Swiss, who are running their own investigation on the voting for those two World Cups — 2018 and 2022 — even if they come back with something, getting everything decoupled from FIFA and Russia and Qatar is going to be so difficult and so legally cumbersome,” said Davis.
“Qatar has all the money in the world. They could sue FIFA into oblivion. I don’t think there’s any jurisdictional power to take it away from their country. FIFA would have to make that decision themselves, and they’re not going to,” Davis added.
The amount of migrant workers who have died building World Cup infrastructure in Qatar is in the thousands, and the games are still seven years away.
Unfortunately, Davis believes not even the human rights tragedies in Qatar could stop the 2022 World Cup from taking place there.
“[Worker deaths] is the thing that should push the world to force FIFA to do something, is all the people that are going to die; not just building stadiums, but they’re creating an entire city in Qatar for this tournament to have a stadium in it,” said Davis.
“It’s mind-boggling. That’s the thing that should happen. I guess it would take the United Nations getting involved. I don’t know who has the power to tell FIFA to take this tournament away because they’re killing people. But that should happen.”