Former England captain David Beckham has branded the ongoing corruption scandals at FIFA “disgusting”, but believes the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should not be moved.FIFA has been in crisis since May when 14 executives were indicted as part an FBI investigation into corruption, and last week 16 more officials were charged by US authorities.President Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini are each serving 90-day suspensions while a Swiss criminal investigation into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar was launched earlier this year.Beckham, who was part of the FA delegation aiming to win the 2018 bid, was asked whether the arrests and the prospect of a new president in 2016 meant FIFA was turning a corner.“No – they are just hitting the bend,” Beckham told the Christmas issue of Radio Times.“There’s a lot still to be done. It’s such a mess that it’s going to take a while to sort out.“For me to see the game, the way it’s been treated and looked after, is devastating. It’s disgusting.”There have been repeated calls for the 2018 and 2022 elections to be re-run, with 16 of the 24 committee members serving at the time of the bids either already punished for misconduct or currently under investigation.The Qatar tournament in 2022 has come under particular scrutiny, given the tournament will need to be played in the winter months due to the high risk to players and fans from temperatures that can reach 50 degrees Celsius in summer.It has been proposed that the competition will instead start in November and despite the difficulties, Beckham insists “they’ll make it work”.“Whether it’s corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen,” the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy superstar said.“People need to get behind that. It’s all about bringing football to new countries. I think they should stick with it.” Former England captain David Beckham 1
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zoomImage Courtesy: Yilport Holding Turkish port operator Yilport Holding delivered a “golden year” as its business results and volumes continued growing in 2018.The company’s worldwide terminals handled 6.41 million TEU containers in 2018, reporting 5% year-on-year volume growth compared to 6.11 million TEU reported in 2017.The main drivers of growth were Turkey’s growing seaborne trade and the Latin American region.In 2018, Yilport Holding terminals around the globe also recorded 11.86 million tons of general cargo volume, 444,973 CEU ro-ro operations, and 3.51 million cubic meters of liquid cargo volume.In Turkey, the container volume increase was driven by the strong export performance of the Turkish economy. Yilport Gebze and Yilport Gemlik terminals each recorded a volume rise of 11% year-on-year, handling 554,223 TEU and 524,652 TEU, respectively.Yilport Puerto Bolívar in Ecuador, the one and only deep-sea container terminal of the country, helped boosting Latin American container handling to 380.276 TEU, displaying 23% growth compared to 2017.Nordic container terminals also added to the overall growth as the company’s terminal portfolio in Sweden and Norway grew by 2% to 474.535 TEU compared to 2017 volumes. General cargo in the region were up by 8% at 2.22 million tons.Container volume was flat in Iberian terminals, while the leading terminal of the Iberian portfolio Yilport Leixões closed 2018 with 660,835 TEU, recording 6% growth. Consolidated general cargo grew by 5% to 4.15 million tons in Yilport’s Iberian portfolio.Yilport also owns 50% shares in Malta Freeport (MFTL), which recorded 3.31 million TEU volume in 2018.The company said it closed in on its target to rank among top 10 international container terminal operators by 2025 as it was listed in the 12th place, according to 2018 Drewry’s Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Review and Forecast Report.