Gary Lineker fronting World Cup draw for Fifa feels like a kind of betrayal | Barney Ronay
Lineker has been one of Fifa’s most visceral critics and it’s baffling to seek out him presiding over occasions in Moscow, even in an business the place the phrase ’full ethical volte-face’ tends to draw clean seems
As the times ticked down you saved pondering he would possibly nonetheless have one thing up his sleeve. Perhaps that is a brilliantly orchestrated inside job. Perhaps midway by means of the World Cup draw in Moscow, because the balls are divvied up and shark-like Fifa males with faces as clean because the polished granite inside of a Panamanian financial institution vault yawn behind their fingers, Gary Lineker will wink on the digicam, drop the masks of sickly company piety and get on with trashing the place.
That is the way it might need gone down. Swiping the autocue to 1 facet, Lineker wrenches the World Cup ball machine from its dais, whirling it above his head because the world’s elite soccer nations are disgorged from its plastic sphincter and despatched spinning throughout the marbled flooring. Cumbersome males with earpieces start to surge by means of the crowds. On stage Lineker shouts “loss of life to all dictators” and rips off his shirt to disclose the phrases Finish Slavery carved with a scalpel throughout his chest.