The whole thing smells; it is a done deal.”‘ “It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole Fifa thing, the corruption at the top level is nauseating. Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes out with so much nonsense.” Asked about the decision to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Lineker, now one of the BBC’s top sport presenters, replied: “Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world, but you’d have thought they might have known it would be very hot in summer. You have to be careful what you say, but the corruption is just … yuck.” Related Articles Scotland too hot to host World Cup 24 Jul 2014 Lineker suggested the only way of changing Fifa was for ‘clean’ countries to boycott the World Cup but acknowledged that will not happen. Asked if he sees Fifa as corrupt and not fit for purpose, Lineker said: “Yes, and it is such a shame because it is a massive sport and means so much to so many people. “(England) are too straight, in a way and I am not saying that as a criticism. We should stand up for what is right and if that means never hosting the World Cup again, fine. “The only way it might change is for the clean countries to turn around and say, ‘You know what, we are not taking part in your tournaments’. But I can’t see it happening. There is too much at stake.” Lineker also called for restrictions on advertising by gambling firms and alcohol products related to football.
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