World football’s governing body, FIFA, is an organization notorious for its shady dealings, with allegations of corruption, bribery and vote-rigging never far from its gold-rimmed (but high-security) doors. Indeed, we are on the verge of the outcome of a particularly controversial decision: awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
I will come back to these issues surrounding Qatar shortly, but first the reason we are here. For reasons best known to him, the modestly-named Supreme Committee responsible for administering the World Cup has released images showing what security personnel will be wearing in and around venues. Like it’s fashion or something. Adam Hurrey, an Athletic reporter, wryly noted that this may be the first time organizers of a World Cup have “dropped” those jerseys in this way.
Certainly the first World Cup where organizers have ‘dropped’ the security uniforms such as home, away and third pic.twitter.com/eIhguYHmZjOctober 4, 2022
Wait a minute, what is that in the first picture. Computers: improve!
My apologies for the grainy image, but Agent 47 is always difficult to see clearly. As one prankster noted, it looks like this: “Hitman hides in plain sight.” Yes, a World Cup already tainted by the host’s human rights record will now appear to be seeing what appears to be cold-blooded assassin cosplay among the event’s security staff.
It’s hard to believe that someone hasn’t noticed: the red tie in particular feels like a deliberate homage. I really don’t know what to say about that other than that it’s bizarre.
There has been controversy since the World Cup was first awarded in Qatar. Corruption allegations were first uncovered in 2011 before, of course, an internal FIFA investigation found that neither FIFA nor Qatar had done anything wrong. Independent investigations are ongoing, but the event is still happening. Of more concern than bribes is the fact that Qatar used what Amnesty International calls “forced labour” to build its stadiums for the events the guard goes ahead in reporting the dangerous and inhumane conditions these workers are subjected to.
It stinks about this World Cup, many call for protest: Denmark’s national team Wear gear intended as a symbolic rebuke Qatar’s human rights record; while cities like Paris have said so this World Cup will not be shown in public places how the tournament would normally proceed. Slipping a fictional cold-blooded killer’s outfit into his security uniform design is either a bloody coincidence or an unknown soul’s personal protest at what is about to happen. good job 47
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