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“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.”
Yet what was significant was who did not make it to Brussels. David Ginola, attempting to run against Blatter, was not in the house. Neither was Prince Ali Bin Hussein, a FIFA vice-president and an alternative to Blatter with some credibility even if commentators who should know better have dismissed him as “some Jordanian prince.”
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.
This judgement on two individuals brave enough to stand up to the power and the pressure of silence comes from an organization where the only thing reliable is a lack of transparency and accuracy is judged on where its executive committee members can funnel questionably-acquired funds.
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.”
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.
If the Asian Football Confederation, the ASEAN nations, and especially Australia, want to distance themselves from Bin Hammam and a very murky way of doing business then in pushing Worawi Makudi they have clearly – quite clearly – gone for the wrong man.
“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.”