Category Asia

The Bizarre Story of the Fake Nonprofit That “Campaigned” For Workers in Qatar

Voiceless Victims claimed to be an organization “committed to give a voice for those who had their own silenced.” Its goal was to make “a better world by providing aid to those who need it most.” Then it was revealed to be fake.

Same Old Scene: The Asian Football Confederation Re-hires Alex Soosay, Who Resigned After Corruption Allegations

If ever there was a damning example that football officials are not serious about corruption within their ranks then please direct your attention to the Asian Football Confederation.

Sheikh Salman, Silence, Support, & An Old Face Guide the FIFA Election

More than 150 Bahraini athletes, coaches, and referees were jailed after a special committee, chaired by Sheikh Salman who was then head of the Bahrain Football Association, allegedly identified them from photos of protests.

New FIFA Now Meets In Brussels But Must Move Beyond Its Safe European Home

Yet what was significant was who did not make it to Brussels. David Ginola, attempting to run against Blatter, was not in the house. Neither was Prince Ali Bin Hussein, a FIFA vice-president and an alternative to Blatter with some credibility even if commentators who should know better have dismissed him as “some Jordanian prince.”

The latest revelation about the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups include spies

Spies, Lies, and Double Agents: The World Cup Bids Get Crazier

Their own spying campaign against their rivals was matched by similar tactics by the Russia 2018 bid. The sources said they had received assistance from Britain’s official security services to set up surveillance countermeasures because they feared Russia was spying on them when they met with voters to ask them to back the England 2018 bid.

China Must Bid For The World Cup (oh, and the U.S., too), says challenger to Blatter

A future FIFA must boost the sport in ‘developing’ nations with huge populations previously ‘neglected’ by the world governing body. Specifically: India, China, Indonesia, and the United States…

All together: "Qatar knows how to party."

Why Stripping Qatar of the 2022 World Cup Is A Very Complicated Concept

Qatar’s simple defence if allegations against Bin Hammam are proven true is that he was a “rogue agent” acting beyond his role. Qatar has already distanced itself from Bin Hammam and the former AFC President is no longer part of FIFA. So what jurisdiction handles a corruption enquiry against him as an individual?