Tag Archives: Blatter
Germany, Franz Beckenbauer, and the ghost of Charlie Dempsey
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.
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.”
How Low Can FIFA Go? Will Alleged Human Rights Abuser Sheikh Salman Replace Blatter?
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.
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.
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.
“This Trade Is Evil”: Inside the Secret World of Soccer Player Trafficking
“People who are desperate then get more desperate, and sell their property, family land, houses, parents’ cars, to get on this team. But the agent says that we’re scheduled to play about 30 games so you will get the money back and more.”
Spies, Lies, and Double Agents: The World Cup Bids Get Crazier
Their own spying campaign against their rivals was matched by similar tactics by the Russia 2018 bid. The sources said they had received assistance from Britain’s official security services to set up surveillance countermeasures because they feared Russia was spying on them when they met with voters to ask them to back the England 2018 bid.
CHUCK BLAZER: THE FALL OF THE MORBIDLY OBESE, FBI SPY, AND ‘SOCCER RAT’
Agents from the FBI and IRS pursued Blazer down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan as the “morbidly obese” FIFA exco member rode a motorized scooter to dinner at a restaurant. The agents stopped Blazer and told him “We can take you away in handcuffs now – or you can cooperate.”
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?
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?