Category Organized Crime
There’s a lot of competition: the Zurich arrests, the Blatter resignation, any press conference with Jerome Valcke, an interview with Australia’s Frank Lowy denying any impropriety . But Jack Warner always seems to come through with the goods.
An investigative reporter broke the news about Spillman threatening Larranaga. Less than a month later, a hit man shot the reporter at the door of his house. The hit man had been paid $500. The assassination failed, and Nelson Spillman and his brother, Daniel, who reportedly drove the getaway car, went to jail for the botched hit.
So, I confess. I kissed Mohammed Bin Hammam and at the time it was, well, just OK. But who knew what it would lead to?
The recent investigation by CONCACAF’s Integrity Commission into the disaster its former management created for the organization produced an amazing document. The two stars of the show are Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer. The rap sheet is formidable. Blazer, CONCACAF’s former General Secretary allegedly: Misappropriated CONCACAF Funds Breached Fiduciary Duty to CONCACAF Violated the CONCACAF […]
The shameless disregard for the sport and abuse of powers by those responsible for “governing” the game were only going to go unnoticed for so long.
“It is very easy to get a professional athlete to come ‘on side’,” said the son of a former hitman. “We would spend a lot of time trying to get these guys to do this. We would deliberately target them. Heck, a lot of the time they would come to us.”
Let’s assume he did not mean to say that FIFA operates in such a way that it is involved in “organized crime”, as mafias in the broadest sense tend to be. Let us assume that Tognoni only meant to say that FIFA’s networks are run in similar ways to groups or gangs that practice organized crime. That FIFA looks after their own members in methods similar to the protective nature of organized criminals.