Category Politics

FIFA Prez Gianni Infantino: Red Card for First 100 Days (& some deleted audio recordings)

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.

Blatter & Platini Are Out. Now Meet the New Guys, Same as the Old Guys.

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.

Eric Cantona

Footballers Who Think About Racism, Immigration, Islam, Economics, and… Those Who Don’t Think Of That At All.

“It seems to me that all this is linked to the economic crisis. It seems to me that if there hadn’t been a crisis in 1929 then Hitler would never have obtained power. And unfortunately, during crises, people fall into despair, they don’t know anymore what to hang on to and all this gives birth to extremism.”

Ched Evans

In Defence of Rape (and Morality)

Is there such a shortage of goal-scoring competence at lower-level football teams in England (and Malta) that the homework and due diligence afforded in potentially signing Evans means there is clearly no better option? Is Evans as good as it gets?

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?

Bin Hammam and Blatter.

If Qatar 2022 Actually Is A Scandal, It Won’t Be The Only One

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?

Helena Costa shows some skills. And, just like Jose Mourinho, has some style.

French team hires Helena Costa, a woman, to coach and causes ‘earthquake’

“Because it’s football — something global and still rather conservative — and a provincial French team hires a female coach, it creates a media earthquake.”

Iran Cry

Iran’s female footballers to be given mandatory exams to “prove” they are real women

Footballers in Iran’s professional women’s league are to undergo mandatory gender tests to establish that they are fully female.

Kids play football in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. Football is a 'mother'.

In a Syrian refugee camp, where football plays the role of the “mother”

“Football is the most popular sport; it plays the role of the mother. It’s the only outlet that children have. It’s a very difficult life here in the refugee camp and football alleviates their suffering.”

Brazil’s Least Wanted: The 2014 World Cup

It is official. Jogo Bonito – and every other cliché tied to Brazil and its futebol – is dead. Who would have thought that of all countries, it would be the people of Brazil who would take to the streets of their cities to tell their government and FIFA – oh, FIFA – that they […]