"Its leader is infallible. It compels South American countries to spend money they don't have building opulent cathedrals," John Oliver said on Sunday night's show. "And it may ultimately be responsible to deaths of shocking numbers of people in the Middle East."
Oliver wasn't describing the toll of the Crusades, but rather the devastating relationship between FIFA and the World Cup. With the World Cup just days away, Oliver brings to light a story that soccer fans wish weren't part of their game: FIFA, the governing body of the soccer, is plagued with corruption, takes advantage of hosting countries by avoiding taxes, is in the middle of a scandal in Qatar, the 2022 host, where allegations of slave-like conditions are being investigated, and, for some reason, has $1 billion in reserves while claiming to be a non-profit organization.
Oliver hasn't been the only one to issue a call to hold FIFA accountable. The New York Times ran an op-ed on Sunday, entitled "Throw FIFA out of the Game." And World Cup sponsors, huge sponsors like Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa, BP, Budweiser and Sony have called on the organization to investigate corruption that allegedly occurred when Qatar secured a 2022 bid.
"And yet, here's their power. I'm still so excited for the World Cup," Oliver said, explaining why people have a hard time holding FIFA responsible for its actions.