The 2010 World Cup is now just a couple days away. The teams have all reached South Africa, fans across the world have come together to support their teams. Even people on Facebook can make it clear who they support during the spectacle that is the FIFA World Cup.
But not everyone is happy. Some believe that certain countries shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the World Cup even if they qualify.
Those people, while entitled to their opinions, are wrong.
It is not the responsibility of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to punish countries based on their government or if the actions of certain nations reflect humanitarianism. FIFA is the governing body for soccer, not the world. If a country is to be punished for poor international relations, let those sanctions come from the governing body responsible for them, the United Nations.
FIFA is doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, focusing on the game and not punishing athletes because of the actions of their government leaders. So let’s put all our differences aside, as we do during the Olympics, and just enjoy this friendly competition on the international stage that is the World Cup.
The commercial below pretty much says it all.