Unusually, I am going to come out in my own defence right off the bat. I am a football fan of sorts, albeit an armchair one. Football, the play and the refereeing still gets me all riled up when I watch it, which is exactly why I don’t often watch it too often :-)
Under many other circumstances, the news reported above about FIFA’s commitment to re-building soccer facilties and projects in the Phillipines would be something to welcome. But these are not regular circumstances. It seems a little odd that FIFA is focused on rebuilding soccer infrastructure rather than more pragmaticly aiming at humanitarian and social aspects.
Maybe this thinking is a bit limited, but it seems that restoring the basics of life to people are more important than soccer. Now I know people have been villified for suggesting anything which is perceived to run counter to the beautiful game, but in this case I do not feel unjustified.
- FIFA pledges $1M typhoon aid for Philippines (miamiherald.com)