Category The AFC

The Kids Playing Soccer Killed by a Suicide Bomber That You Didn’t Create a Hashtag For

We hit the # key and created a hashtag so we could all be Charlie Hebdo, whoever he was. A few months later we prayed for Paris and turned Facebook profile pictures red, white, and blue because we can imagine going to a cafe, or restaurant, or concert but not imagine being blown up or shot […]

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.

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.

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?

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.”