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A letter to Gianni

Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Dear Gianni,

A non-exhaustive list of things that are broken and need fixing in world football:

  • Corruption
  • Nepotism
  • Cronyism
  • Patronage
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Racism
  • Transphobia
  • Sexual abuse
  • The Ballon d’Or voting
  • Simulation
  • Player wages that could feed entire countries
  • Transfer fees that could feed entire continents
  • Abuse of referees
  • Fan violence
  • The UEFA coefficient
  • Financial Fair Play
  • The world rankings system
  • British commentators
  • American commentators
  • Australian commentators
  • The undervaluing of the women’s game
  • Qatar 2022
  • Allocation of broadcast rights
  • The confederation structure
  • The use (or lack of) technology in refereeing
  • The Champions League (which was fine until you broke it)
  • The Euros (which were fine until you broke them)
  • Nike ball designs
  • Kits with sashes on them
  • International breaks
  • Christmas breaks
  • The January transfer window

An exhaustive list of things that are not broken and don’t need fixing in world football:

  • The World Cup

Do you think it might be possible for you to focus all of your attention on column A, and leave column B the hell alone?



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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here:

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