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Tell us what you think of FIFA Think Again. What you think of FIFA’s choice. And especially: what more reasons are there to make FIFA think again?

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  1. Xavier says:

    I really think that the world cup must be held in a country like Australia because the last five years they’ve made a huge progress in football, not only with their competition but also young talents and if we allow Australia to host the world cup it will boost them to develop football in their country and to compete with other sports and so getting the same status as in Europe, everybody should help Fifathinkagain, because it’s the same with the USA. Football in big countries who matter, not in the desert, not with oil money…

  2. Patrick Wittenberg says:

    Is het niet handig om een share button voor FB aan te maken. Op die manier genereer je veel meer traffic. Succes met de campagne!

    • Sjaak says:

      Onderaan zit de Facebook like/vind ik leuk knop. Dat doet hetzelfde wat Share deed. Like heeft sharer.php vervangen, hier willen ze bij Facebook vanaf.

  3. Zeno says:

    Guys, there’s a typo on your homepage: ‘By signing this this world-wide petition…’ has one too many ‘this’ in it. It’s not very important, but if you remove one ‘this’ I think it just looks a bit better.
    Good luck with your campaign!

  4. Celestine Declercq says:

    Het WK moet inderdaad niet in Qatar gehouden worden. Met 42 graden Celsius kan je toch niet voetballen? En Qatar is totaal geen voetballand. Ik wil dat het WK 2022 in Nederland moet zijn.

  5. frank_w says:

    Why has a homophobic country like Qatar been chosen to host the World Championship? Isn’t FIFA supposed to be against any form of discrimination? The selection of Qatar as host attracted controversy, as homosexuality is illegal in Qatar. FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that “We (FIFA) don’t want any discrimination. What we want to do is open this game to everybody, and to open it to all cultures, and this is what we are doing in 2022.” Yeah sure… Let them first change their laws on homosexuality before rewarding them with hosting the World Championship!!!
    For more information on (non-existing) LGBT rights in Qatar:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Qatar

  6. Sven says:

    Go guys! Fully support this initiative!

  7. Wim Raateland says:

    I hope that FIFA will think and vote again.
    However I think that there is no way back.
    I think that most votes has already been paid for.
    Sad to write this, but it is what I think.

  8. Kees says:

    Great project guys!

    Beating the germans in an empty stadium in the desert just doesn’t feel the same!

  9. Marcel says:

    FIFA is always into the MONEY!

  10. G. de Vrieze says:

    There is no end to the level of corruption within FIFA. I am sure that also the Russians paid a handsome sum to Blatter and his henchmen to be awarded the 2018 world championship. Qatar is indeed a strange choice. It has no football history and as far as I know has never even participated in any football world championship. There is no reason to doubt the fact that Qatar got the WC because the President of FIFA and his friends got what they wanted, and more. Anyway, Russia and Qatar are not the only ones that bribe FIFA. So do Adidas, Budweiser, Hyundai and other companies. The money they pay for their status as official this or that of the WC, disappears directly into the pockets of Don Sepp and his consiglieri. I think it is time for a general clean-up of FIFA and I wholeheartedly support the initiative of Mr. Schalekamp and Mr. Zonneveld.

  11. Arno Dijkshoorn says:

    You guys will have my support, fuck the FIFA. Blatter must go to the bejaardetehuis.

  12. michel says:

    echt weer de fifa hoor.
    een wk in Qatar houden..OLEEEE!!!! lekker 45/50 graden(NEE DUS)
    super jongens dat jullie dit doen!.
    net gehoord via ‘radio 538′ zet hem op en ik steun jullie!!!

  13. Joost says:

    Goed initiatief mannen! Maak alleen even een duidelijke Facebook share button! Met al die media aandacht hadden het al véééél meer handtekeningen moeten zijn!! Hopelijk doet dit wat want damn ik haat de Fifa!!!

  14. Gerben says:

    Zeer goed initiatief guys!
    Een WK in Qatar!?!? Je moet er toch niet aan denken!
    En ze schenken geen alcohol????????????????????????????????
    Een voetbalfeest zonder bier???????????? Vergeet het maar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Succes met de campagne.

  15. Berend Reijn says:

    Ik heb bij deze mijn reis naar Qatar afgezegd!

  16. Joost says:

    People across the globe know and feel that “Corruption may never be rewarded”
    How can FIFA (well paid!) Management, just ignore this universal rule?? Or is FIFA themselve still part of this scandal too….

  17. koen says:

    Het is idd SCHANDAAAALIG , WK in Qatar… HA HA ?!!!!!!

    - idd te klein om AL die voetbal fans van over de hele wereld te huisvesten.
    - ze zijn daar niet zo happig op schaars geklede mensen (45graden) die feesten en drinken
    - wat te denken aan alcohol en 45 graden… wat een combinatie?! zullen alle inwoners daar ineens als ambulance personeel optreden bij uitvallen van lichamelijk functies na t nuttigen van alcohol met die hitte?!
    - voetballers presteren niet optimaal in dat weer, oke airco..komen ze erna buiten t stadion zijn ze snotverkouden, richting einde vh toernooi heb je spelers die niet meer kunnen spelen
    - blessures…..
    en noem maar op !!!!!!!!

    FIFA THINK AGAIN ! just 25 old gready motherfuckers cant deny 100miljions football fans and players ;)
    they just drinking COCKtails at swimmingpool at Qatar haha

  18. patricia says:

    no way hozee…. zeer goed initiaief van jullie en steun jullie volkomen… hoorde het ook op 538 en wees nou eerlijk DIT KAN TOCH NIET!!!!! ban Qatar doe het lekker in australia of de USA kunnen we toch lekker feesten en halfnaakt rond lopen!!!!

  19. Aimei says:

    Deze actie ondersteun ik van harte. Ben het echter niet eens met alle redenen.

    Culture clash. Wij in het westen kunnen niet voor Quatanaren(?) oordelen of iets een cultuurbotsing is. Daarnaast zou voetbal culturele verschillen juist kunnen overbruggen.

    Sustainability. Waar het ook georganiseerd zal worden, 100.000-den fans zullen naar het WK vliegen.

    Eén reden is genoeg om tegen dit WK te zijn: De FIFA is corrupt. De toekenning is niet eerlijk verlopen. Als het NED. elftal/KNVB een beetje ballen heeft, dan boycotten ze dit WK.

  20. Sjaak says:

    Beste Aimee, dan je voor je steun. Ik wil toch ook even reageren op jouw reactie.

    Met culture clash doelen we met name op openlijk bier drinken, wat onlosmakelijk met voetbal verbonden is. Het openlijk drinken van alcohol is niet toegestaan in Qatar.

    Ten aanzien van het aantal vliegende supporters zal dit een enorm verschil maken en er zullen meer toeschouwers moeten invliegen dan elders. Waarom?
    De meerderheid van de toeschouwers bij een WK komen normaliter uit het organiserende land zelf.
    Zo trok het WK in Zuid Afrika totaal 3,2 miljoen toeschouwers. De grote meerderheid (> 90%) van dat aantal bestond uit de lokale bevolking en slechts zo’n 200.000 bezoekers kwamen uit het buitenland. Dit zal in een land met nog geen 1,5 miljoen inwonders compleet anders zijn en men zal derhalve vele malen meer buitenlandse bezoekers moeten trekken dan elders om volle (overdekte…) stadions te krijgen. En over land reizen is ook nog eens geen optie.

  21. Warren says:

    I’ve heard that the world cup also can be holded in Holland or that shit,
    i think that it’s better that it is better to make the
    WK must be in a country whit a better foorbal league!

    Warren

  22. Kees says:

    gaat een beetje langzaam gooooooooooooooozers

  23. Mr D says:

    Gentlemen,

    I wholeheartedly support this initiative. This has nothing to do with Qatar as a country, or the Qatari’s themselves, which I actually have become to know as friendly and surprisingly tolerant.

    Qatar may have 1.5 million inhabitants, as your website notes, a figure which I strongly doubt is correct, but of this number there are only about 200,000 Qatari’s including women, elderly and children. Not really a sizeable home crowd that is required to fill up the stadiums. The other “inhabitants” reside in Qatar on temporary work/residence visas, with the vast majority being labour force from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. For these people sports is all about CRICKET. Just forget that they will be able to afford a top-priced ticket for a Football match.

    On your point #7 (Sustainability), building stadiums that will be used only for one month is one thing. What about new hotels and related infrastructure? Who is going to use these once the month-long 2022 World Cup is finished? Which of the fans will be able to stay for a week or two in no doubt a fancy 5-star luxury hotel? One may be able to move stadiums to Africa, assuming that the Africans want this, but railways, roads, hotels….? These will be largely idle. What a WASTE OF MONEY!!

    I really hope that you get full momentum behind this project and to force the FIFA to reconsider the choice for Qatar. I suggest a few ideas:

    • If you haven’t done so yet, please team up with the losing bidders (media) for the 2022 World Cup;
    • Approach FIFA’s key event sponsors in an open letter to be signed by a number of famous football players (I am sure you will find volunteers);
    • Please require FIFA to re-vote for 2022 but not only with 27 of its members, but with ALL members. This will make it much more difficult to bride individual members.

    Qatar 2022, it’s a SHAME FOR FOOTBALL.

    Good luck.

  24. Sander says:

    It is time to end corruption of FIFA. Why not boycot this with 4 top football countries. I look forward to the alternative worldcup between Germany, Brazil, Netherlands and Spain

  25. James says:

    Qatar winning the bid is a disgrace and having a petition is an excellent way of putting some pressure on FIFA to deal with corruption, even if that is through attracting media attention and doesn’t result in the the host nation being changed.

    The only way I see a petition actually resulting in the change of host is if the petition directly threatens World Cup sponsors with a boycott, as opposed to a boycott of the event itself. FIFA only care about money, a lot of the money comes from the sponsors. The sponsors want the high exposure and positive effect of being associated with the Worlds greatest sporting event. They don’t want to be explicitly linked with corruption, homophobia and slave labour. A well signed petition threatening the boycott of any company sponsoring a Qatari World Cup could be extremely influential

  26. Anon says:

    I didn’t want Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup since it was announced. Although, now I REALLY don’t want Qatar hosting after reading the article below about how they enslave their migrant workers. Qatar, a country with cruel labor conditions has no true sportsmanship and should not host the world’s biggest single sporting event. We must take a stand and prevent Qatar from exploiting thousands of more migrant workers in order to build stadiums. If the World Cup remains in Qatar, I refuse to watch world class footballers playing in stadiums built by the blood of innocent migrant workers. Think again FIFA, think again. Put aside your greed for wealth Sepp Blatter and THINK AGAIN.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/25/revealed-qatars-world-cup-slaves

    • Sonic says:

      My friend. I don’t know were you are from but maybe you are forgetting about labor conditions in some sectors in Europe and the US. In many European countries you have workers in slaugtherhouses or logistics, who come from Eastern Europe and live together with their family on some square meters. It’s directly in front of our eyes, but of course it’s always easier to criticize others.

  27. I fully support this site. This should be revoked.

    There is also a growing petition for everyone to sign and promote:

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/fifa-to-revoke-qatar-s-world-cup-2022-rights

  28. Fabien says:

    J’espère que le mondial n’aura pas lieu au Qatar… Il y a eu de l’argent sous la table pour sûr. Pourquoi aller dans un pays accusé d’esclavagisme, où s’ajoute au prix du billet, le prix de la vie ?

  29. Sonic says:

    I wanted to sign, but I have a problem with your Point 4 (Culture clash).
    I suggests, that football is inevitably connected to drinking alcohol and taking off shirts. Whereever you go, you should consider local customs during your journey and having the World Cup in Qatar (which I strongly oppose) doesn’t mean, that during that time it’s just like any Western country.
    And yes, you are judgemental in saying that “global football culture” cannot go together Qatari culture.
    Greetings from Frankfurt

    • sjakiez says:

      I fully agree that when one visits a forreign country one should always consider local customs. But with thousands of football fans it is unrealistic to think that everyone will do so. And what is different from visiting a country for holiday is that at that moment you have the choice to visit another country if you feel you do not want to adjust to local customs. But if you want to visit the world cup you do not have a choice.
      And no, I don’t think we’re judgemental about either of these cultures. We simply mention that these do not go well together.

  30. Elijah Adcox says:

    I believe the world cup in 2022 was bought.
    I will make a suggestion to FIFA if you have it in Qatar that means you should have it in small countries like Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Papua new Guinea, or the craziest world cup bid that iI can think of is antarctica.
    If you put a world cup in Qatar which is really hot you might as well have a really cold world cup in 2026.
    Being serious world cup 2022 needs to be moved asap to USA, Australia , Belgium and netherlands, or the pacific islands.

  31. Ahmed says:

    Football is an international game and the climate should not be a reason for Qatar to not hold the world cup.
    Qatar iss not a football country, this is bullshit. The USA has hold the word cup in the 90s and it is the least country to think of when talking about football. STOP BULLSHITTING around plz.
    National teams has nothing to do with holding the event.
    Regarding dangerous climate conditions, I am a stadium engineer and currently I am carrying out a research on providing thermal comfort in stadiums in hot climate. I can assure you that it is very possible to achieve a high thermal comfort conditions in stadia in extreme climates. In addition, It is also possible to air conditions outer-open areas for fans to wathc the games from outside the stadium.

    • fifathinkagain says:

      Yeah lets have the winter olympics in the desert and the summer olympics in the Antarctica as in your opinion the climate is no reason.

    • sjakiez says:

      Climate should not be a reason??? Clamate makes that certain places are suitable for tournaments as the World Cup and the (Winter) Olympics and others are not. Qatar, certainly during the moths when the Worldcup takes place is not. That is why there is no competition during that period. Yes, technically it is perhaps possible to build conditions that make it possible. It would be technically possible to even organize the Winter Olympics in Qatar. But it’s still no reason to do so and it doesn’t make sense.
      In the USA MILLIONS of people play football. It’s the most exercized team sport with teenagers (contrary to what many people think). I was there in person and hundred thousands of people who visited the tournament really knew their football. How many people live in Qatar at all that are interested in Football? Absolutely too few to fill the stadiums.

  32. J Booth says:

    Football in general needs to move a long way to combat sexism and homophobia. What a kick in the teeth for the offical body to choose a country for the world cup which discriminates against and oppresses women and the LGBT community. It’s a disgrace. It’s no different to choosing to hold a tournament in a country with racial segregation. Disgusting. Qatar was one of 79 countries to sanction executing LGBT people at the United Nations and apparently FIFA have a policy on anti-discrimination, what a joke.

    The official bodies of football are clearly old-boys networks, and do not represent the football I know and love, which is for everyone.

  33. Aisha says:

    In all honestly all FIFA is corrupt from top to bottom and the biggest snake is Blatter. Also more allegations of corruption against Qatar and members of FIFA exec. Is anyone surprised anymore? There’s no surprise. No one knew that something, allegedly, was not quite right about a bid from country that doesn’t know what football is and doesn’t have any football culture + very hot weather. I think FIFA need another vote. The best candidate for 2022, given 2018 is in Europe was, and still is, Australia.

  34. Luke Parisi says:

    Its idiotic that a world cup can be held in an area where the climate is unplayable and the city for the final has not been constructed especially since if Brazil struggled to finish stadiums on time how is Qatar going to finish a city as well as the money required for the project by 2022 most of the oil would have run out and Qatar will not recieve enough money to fund the construction of the city chances are the economy will be at a bad point somewhere between now and 2022 and Qatar will be unable to afford it. It makes so much more sense to send it to USA or South Korea who have hosted a World Cup before or to have Australia host it who showed there ability to hold an event such as a World Cup in the 2000 Olympics as well as showing this when they host the Asain Cup next year

  35. Daan van den Tillaart says:

    I think the Netherlands and Belgium should host the world cup two small countries with great football history. They have the supporters the cappacity and the love for football. it will be their first world cup. These two real sport nations deserve it the most.

  36. Giovanni says:

    I’ll try to address all your points, because although your hearts are in the right place, your brains seem to not be:
    1. Dirty elections are a normal consequence of having all the power concentrated in the hands of the few. If you wanna solve that, you have to democratize FIFA, otherwise the powerful will always abuse their power.
    2. The climate: most people are not idiots, that’s why they don’t sit in the sun like lizards. Wiki says the avg high in july (highest temps) is 41 deg C, that’s avg HIGH not simply average. Also, organizing the tournament in winter is absolutely an option, it just takes a lil’ more effort. Qatar already hosted the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in the winter proving it’s feasible. They have enough time to figure it out.
    3. Utter bullshit! Football is the most popular sport there! Qatar may not be a football country, but that’s not bc of the climate, it’s partly bc of the small population, culture and other reasons. The Austrian national league consists of only 10 teams, you wanna tell me it’s bc of the climate?
    4. Why is it highly unlikely that a World cup in Qatar wil draw more overseas supporters than the World cup of 2010? cause it seems like the opposite is true. Qatar is much closer to Europe, the main source of football fans. And it’s not a country famous for having one of the highest crime rates in the world, in fact it has a very low crime rate.
    5. Invented culture clash: “If confronted by this, people in Qatar will feel offended” – some of them sure, but most people won’t be offended by foreigners taking their shirts off bc it’s extremely hot, they’ll understand. And who really cares if they’re offended anyway, those laws are nonsensical and everybody knows it. The tournament would be a great opportunity to draw attention to pointless freedom-restricting laws like those and help usher in a change towards a juster society.
    6. A World Cup should be hosted by a country that has a reasonable chance to qualify for it by themselves? according to whom? a wannabe Hitler or Stalin? Point 6 is completely empty.
    7. Badly treated workers are a common aspect of capitalism all over the world. It happens in S Africa and Brazil too. Wanna change that? advocate socialism. About the anti-homosexuality laws see points 1 and 5. Yeah, Blatter is a massive dick for saying that, but we already knew it.
    8. Oh Jesus! Why would stadiums be dismantled afterwards? who told you they were gonna build stadiums in the desert? Hotels already exist in Qatar! Yes flying in hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world! How else would you get there fast and cheap?
    9. Yes, finally a good point! i support openness and transparency all the way.
    10. Some reasons to choose Qatar, but not enough for me to support it. The reasons not to organize it in Qatar may be obvious but are NOT plentiful. The most obvious reason to not organize it there is this: the 2018 WC is going to be hosted by Russia, an Eurasian country, it follows that the next one should be hosted by another continent! maybe Australia or N America.

  37. Ron says:

    Hi Guys,

    Just voted for your petition & I couldn’t agree more with your assessment, however there are other issues that I feel should be added to your list.

    Not everyone wanting to attend the WC in 2022 will be allowed. Israeli passport holders or those who are overtly Jewish will not be allowed to enter. Similarly, if you try to enter with a passport with an Israeli stamp, chances are you will be forbidden entry. How could FIFA agree to a WC Cup destination where not all football fans can attend?

    Perhaps of even greater note is the fact that Qatar is a state sponsor of terrorism. It is an undisputed fact that they support Hamas, a terrorist organization as so deemed by the EU, the US, and numerous other countries.

    I believe these facts should be added to your home page & agree that it is a disgrace that Qatar was chosen by FIFA to hold the 2022 WC. I have forwarded your website to everyone in my email address book urging them to vote & pass on the message.

    Keep up the good work.

    • sjakiez says:

      Hi Ron,

      I was not aware that Israëli pasportholders and Jewish people would not be allowed. Very valid point: a worldcup shpuld be open too all the people in de world. Thanks for your feedback and keep spreading the word!..

      Sjaak

  38. Jerry Spenser says:

    In 1978 aged 13, I went to my first World cup final in Buenos Aires
    1982 aged 27 I was in Madrid
    1986 aged 21 I was in Mexico city
    1990 aged 25 I was in Rome
    1994 aged 29 I was in Pasedena
    1998 aged 33 I was in Paris
    2002 aged 37 I was in Tokyo
    2006 aged 41 I was in Berlin
    2010 aged 45 I was in Johanesburg
    2014 aged 49 I was in Rio
    2018 aged 53 I hope to be in Russia
    2022 aged 57 I will not be Qatar

    The reasons being that apart from my Israeli passport (keeping me out) I know what summers are like.

    I am a football fan, but refuse to compromise my health

    • sjakiez says:

      Couldn’t agree more Jerry. I have been to 5 worldcups myself but Qatar will definitely be a miss (even though my passport probably won’t keep me out)

  39. M de Groot says:

    Hoi, Ik krijg een database error als ik de petitie probeer te steunen

  40. Lawrence says:

    I went looking for a website like this and I am very glad I found it.

    I was so frustrated when I saw that Fifa had cleared Qatar of corruption when it is Fifa that was corrupt in the first place asking for bribes! It is like the drug dealers clearing the drug users of wrong doing, so wrong!

    If it was any other sport people would have stepped in long ago, think about it, if they are able to bribe Fifa members into World cup locations what else can they bribe them for?

    Good on the people that made this website and keep going and hopefully in my lifetime Fifa will be long gone.

  41. Arman says:

    I hope countries will boycott this world cup. Should this go ahead, this WILL BE the worst world cup ever!

  42. JC Guy says:

    Well, guys check out the news today, a few of the officials were expatriated to US for trials. Hopefully things could change.

  43. John Harvey says:

    Unbelievable . How can Qatar even think about applying to host the world cup? Ireland wouldn’t dream of it but it is a soccer nation (and football i.e. Irish football or Gaelic)
    I don’t think we have even begun to see how bad this decision is. A BBC crew was arrested and mistreated recently despite having permission to report there. Any nation going there is running a big risk.

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