FIFA thrust in turmoil on the heels of Swiss police raid in Zurich. Will the fall out see the 2018 and 2022 World Cups moved? Sportsbooks respond with special World Cup prop odds.
In the kind of dramatic police raids that are reserved for Hollywood films, Swiss police swoop on a Zurich luxury hotel on Tuesday, May 27, and arrest over a dozen FIFA officials, all part of a covert FBI-led investigation into bribery allegations within the organisation. The latest scandal to hit FIFA leads to calls for separate investigations into the controversial bidding process, prompting speculation about the upcoming 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar and whether they'll be moved.
Indeed, President Putin has lashed out at the United States for meddling in FIFA's affairs in a drastic attempt to take away the 2018 World Cup from his country. After Russia released a statement saying "it was clearly another case of illegal exterritorial use of U.S. Law", Putin said it was rather "odd" U. S. officials called for the probe launch when it neither involved its citizens or crimes committed in the USA.
Will the fall out see the 2018 and 2022 World Cups moved?
While there is no suggestion as of yet that either Russia or Qatar will be stripped of their hosting duties, confirmed by FIFA's director of communications Walter de Gregorio who said in no uncertain terms that both events will be played as deciding by the bidding process. Sportsbooks, nonetheless, have pounced on this sensational development and rolled out various World Cup betting props, just in case.
England emerge as the favorites at 11/10 (+110) to assume the responsibility for the upcoming 2018 World Cup at Paddy Power. Second favorites are both Spain and Portugal at +125 while Netherlands and Belgium are matched on +450 soccer odds.
As far as the Qatar World Cup in 2022 switching hands, there are several different perspectives trading on various sportsbook platforms. While most have USA trading as the top favorites at +125 (or thereabouts) in the venue change betting markets with Australia, Japan and South Korea trading as additional alternative destinations, others (such as Ladbrokes) have England also in the running for the Qatar venue.
Football Tarnished Forever?
As it is, this latest scandal further tarnishes the already blighted beautiful game of football and the global event that is staged once every four years and draws avid soccer fans from around the world, who follow with passion, hope and appreciation the one-month competition. Let's hope that this is the end of it. That FIFA gets its act together and sorts this mess out. It remains to be seen though how far the fall out goes and what the ramifications are going to be. Is this just the beginning?