Havelange, Blatter, Blazer, Valcke, Warner, Texeira, Platini… Franz Beckenbauer can now add his name to the list of The Untouchables who – it turns out – are in fact touchable by the law.
FIFA’s brand new era of “transparency” has kicked off with football’s world governing body by announcing the salary of new(ish) president Gianni Infantino.
The first 100 days of Gianni Infantino’s reign as FIFA President have been given a red card by lobby group #NewFIFANow. In other words, the old guy is the same as the new guy.
Lawyers acting for FIFA revealed the scale of corruption within the organization claiming Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Markus Kattner awarded themselves $80 million in pay rises and bonuses.
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.
After the 2011 pro-democracy demonstrations in Bahrain that left over 30 people dead were suppressed by the government, human rights groups allege Sheikh Salman was involved in identifying athletes involved in protests who were then imprisoned and tortured.
Someone at FIFA has finally found a broom. But they also need to look at the back of the closet for a mop and a big bucket. The history of the men (and it is always men) stepping into replace Blatter and Platini show just how deep governance issues extend at FIFA.
Coca Cola, Visa, McDonald’s, and Budweiser Tell Blatter to GO and Hand Reform Campaign Win Against FIFA
Coming from typically conservative corporate companies, the announcements are as significant as they are blunt. Some of the most powerful corporations in the world have decided Blatter is done. He must go. Their “brands” suffer from an association with Captain Blatter and his ship of crooks.
As FIFA implodes, more questions for Blatter and Platini. Oh, and some for Peter Hargitay and SBS TV’s Les Murray, too. Thanks.
There are not enough times you can write “criminal proceedings initiated against Sepp Blatter”. Of course there are questions about Blatter’s relationship with Platini and what the payment was actually for. Rule number one: follow the money. Rule number two: cross check the dates. Platini received the payment when he decided not to run against Blatter for FIFA president and instead endorsed Blatter’s reelection.
AS THE GOVERNMENT ASKS QUESTIONS, THE UNITED STATES SOCCER FEDERATION, SUNIL GULATI, & CEO DAN FLYNN GO MISSING
The United States Soccer Federation needs to pay better attention. Either that, or the organization’s chief executive Dan Flynn is being economical with the truth.