Tag Archives: 2022

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.

Inside The Bizarre & Delusional Mind of Exiled FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter (& The Secret 2022 World Cup Deal Gone Wrong)

“For the World Cups it was agreed that we go to Russia because it’s never been in Russia, eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers.”

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?

If Qatar 2022 Goes Down In Flames, So Too Do Football’s Prominent & Powerful

One thing is for sure. If the Qatar bid does go down (or up in flames) then a lot of very prominent and powerful people in football will go down with it. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing.

The Story Behind This Picture: South Africa & A World Cup Bid Flop

The photo being used for this blog’s title picture was taken in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup in a small township outside Johannesburg called Mohklakeng. Football Federation Australia was, at the time, bidding to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and thought it would create great publicity to deliver 9,000 “lap desks” […]