Communiqué of July of Garap group (Action Group for the Reconstruction of the Proletarian Autonomy), concerning the World Cup football.
eadable section on their website: http://garap.org/communiques/communique30.php
or pdf format here: http://garap.org/pdf/communiques/comm30-fifa.pdf
“Brazil, make an effort for a month, calm down! Pay tribute to this beautiful World Cup. We went to Brazil to make them happy. I said the last time we go to Brazil, it is as if Muslims were in Mecca, Christians in Rome and the Jews in Jerusalem.
That’s exactly right, to go to the World Cup in Brazil. That’s why everyone is happy to go to the World Cup in Brazil. Well, Brazilians, they must put themselves in the idea of receiving tourists from around the world and, for a month, they make the truce. No confectioners, but they make a truce. We must tell the Brazilians that they have the World Cup and they are there to show the beauty of their country and their passion for football. If they can wait at least a month before making social outbursts, it would be good for the whole of Brazil and world football. ”
Michel Platini, UEFA president and candidate for the presidency of FIFA.
What is FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)?
FIFA is a non-profit organization founded in 1904 in Paris, which currently includes 208 National Federations. Its headquarters is located since 1932 in Zurich, Switzerland. The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and was established by Jules Rimet (member of Christian Democracy, Social Catholicism). The founding ideas of FIFA are inspired by the social doctrine of the Church (the common good, human dignity, subsidiarity, solidarity).
Since 1998, the President of FIFA Joseph “Sepp” Blatter (who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee), the controversial frankly reactionary ideas:
He said that the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, was “a form of public reconciliation, the Argentine people, the political system, which was then a military system.” The competition took place despite calls to boycott France, while the country was under the yoke of the bloody regime of General Videla.
In 2010, he calls homosexuals to “refrain from any sexual activities” during the World Cup Soccer 2022 (held in Qatar, a country where Islam, considering homosexuality as a sin, is the religion of state).
Speaking of footballers Sepp Blatter assumes no problem its machismo: “Why not dress in more feminine outfits, such as volleyball players? “. “They could, for example, have tighter shorts. ”
The General Secretary of FIFA, Jerome Valcke holds also to spare his place on the roll of provocative good reaction: “I’ll say something crazy, but a lower level of democracy is sometimes better to organize a World Cup . When a strong man at the head of a State may, as perhaps can do Putin in 2018, it is easier for us, the organizers, with a country like Germany, where he be negotiated at various levels. ”
The reactionary incontinence of Sepp Blatter or Jerome Valcker no exception to this informal rule that the leaders of the major sporting bodies such as FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are derived and / or serve the economic spheres and the most undemocratic policies.
Pierre de Coubertin, the great moralist of the sport, already incensed Hitler Olympic games. He also said that “sport produces a more open with relatives of the aristocracy hierarchical values elite.”
The Chair ruled that the longer the IOC was Antonio Samaranch (1980-2001), a prominent member of the Francoist Party, responsible for years of repression in Catalonia. To return to the presidency of FIFA, let us remember that Joao Havelange, Blatter’s predecessor was none other than the Brazilian dictatorship racketeer, a public friend of Argentine torturers (Admiral Lacoste), a seller of weapons Banzer himself junta leader in Bolivia.
It is therefore logical that the rednecks in suits who organize major sporting events worldwide take their unapologetic penchant for dictatorial regimes and a blind eye to the systematic state violence against people that their business causes (OJ Beijing 2008 World Cup in South Africa in 2010 Olympics in Sochi in Putin last winter, now the World Cup of Soccer in Brazil in 2016 Olympics in Brazil also, the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022).
Openly reactionary current FIFA president positions are not surprising either when analyzing even briefly occupied the central function sport, and football in particular, in the capitalist ideological arsenal. Competitions, in addition to conveying the infamous cult of performance, make calls to nationalism, chauvinism rooted among proletarians ready to bark their stupor when “his” team beat another. This function may also be inevitable without the tremendous economic scale sporting events such as the World Cup, the FIFA collects its own colossal profits.
Some data to measure the considerable economic burden of FIFA and the juicy profits from the World Cup for this institution and its partners.
Today, the cash reserves of the FIFA $ 1.4 billion.
The turnover of the FIFA 2013 is 988 million euros, net earnings were $ 52.2 million for the same year.
Over the period 2007-2010, if we take all the activities related to the World Cup South Africa, FIFA has a surplus of 2.375 billion dollars, not counting the gate receipts. The bulk of these resources from broadcasting rights (2.408 billion dollars) and marketing (1.072 billion dollars).
Key members of its executive committee earn over a million a year.
The example of Coca-Cola in the overall business of the World Cup:
Coca-Cola plans to invest $ 7.6 billion in Brazil between 2012 and 2016 to develop its brand and expand its distribution network. It already holds 27% of the soft drinks market, estimated at $ 43 billion in 2013 and expected to grow by 6% by 2017, according to analyst firm Trefis. For a month, the beverage giant intends to deploy a charm offensive around its brands: teas (Gold Peak and Honest), fruit juice (Minute Maid), energy drinks (Nalu Energizer and Aquarius), water (Dasani) and classical (Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite).
About 300 million Coca-Cola products and Coca-Cola Zero will the image of the World. The group will offer sporting goods, bracelets connected. And there will even be a Coca-Cola anthem in support of a slogan, “the movement is happiness.”
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