Whilst Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil has stolen the headlines, behind the scenes allegations about corruption in FIFA continue and Sepp Blatter has finally admitted awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a mistake. But the real story that should stop everyone in their tracks is the number of construction workers killed in the building of stadium for Qatar. Some reports put the death toll as high as 1,200 – that is more than all the footballers taking part in the Brazil World Cup. It is hard to celebrate the football when the reality of the world cup hides such tragedy. Football no longer seems such a beautiful game.
It does not have to be like this. The London 2012 Olympics was the first olympic games where no construction workers were killed – that was the most important gold medal in London 2012.