Tag Archives: FIFA

Warner and Hargiaty.

Where To Start With The FIFA Report? I Know: Blame The Whistleblower. (And That’s Not A Referee).

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.

Chuck Blazer enjoys a beer.

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.”

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?

FIFA Spends $30 Million On ‘United Passions’, A Bonfire ‘Vanity Project’ for Sepp Blatter

This bonfire of vanities is bizarre on many levels even ignoring the impending clash of civilizations in Brazil in June (that’s FIFA and the ready-to-rumble good people of Brazil, if you were wondering). But consider this: Tim Roth, the guy who played Mr Orange in Reservoir Dogs, stars in United Passions as FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Abby Wambach

What Will It Take For A Woman to Become FIFA President?

“Anyone who thinks the recent inclusion of three women on the FIFA Executive Committee – one voted, two co-opted for a year – is a sign of gender inclusiveness at the top levels of football, probably also thinks pigs fly,”

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 […]

FBI Most Wanted: FIFA Corruption

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.