With the 2014 World Cup kicking off later this week, John Oliver set out to educate viewers on how “appalling” FIFA truly is on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.”
For 13 minutes Oliver ripped into the “cartoonishly evil” nonprofit, which one commentator suggested goes hand in hand with bribery “like peanut butter and jelly.”
As Oliver pointed out, no example of bribery within the organization was more brazen than the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, where migrant workers will toil building stadiums for slave wages and summer temperatures will be almost unbearable for athletes to play in.
“You are hosting the World Cup somewhere where soccer cannot physically be played,” Oliver said. “That’s like if the NFL chose to host the Super Bowl in a lake.”
“There are now allegations that some FIFA executives took bribes to put the World Cup in Qatar,” he added. “And I hope that’s true, because otherwise it makes literally no sense.”
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