Potemkin Villages, Scapegoats and Fake Qatari Fans: 4 Things We Learned From This Week in International Sports Corruption

On the eve of FIFA’s executive committee meeting that is expected to rubber-stamp the decision of their ‘ethics committee’ (sic) to ban Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from the international football world, four points: 1)      Is the internal FIFA reform – a believable process? No. It is a Potemkin village of a battle … Continue reading Potemkin Villages, Scapegoats and Fake Qatari Fans: 4 Things We Learned From This Week in International Sports Corruption

Singapore’s Middle Finger to the Sporting World

Well this is interesting. Dan Tan the man Interpol once described him as the “the mastermind and leader of the world’s most notorious match-fixing syndicate” has been  released from jail by a Singapore Appeal’s Court judge. Three technically accurate points and a chronology: 1)    It is technically true, the appeal judge’s assessment is accurate: there … Continue reading Singapore’s Middle Finger to the Sporting World

The Walking Oxymoron Strikes Again & 2 Good News Stories

“Quick! Lets have a conference. Invite everyone. In case there is some poor bastard in the field who is  actually doing something useful.” Chief-Superintendent (former) Leonard Powell, Metropolitan Police Ho hum. Another month. Another ridiculous conference put on by the walking oxymoron that is the Qatari group for ‘integrity in sport’ – the International Centre for … Continue reading The Walking Oxymoron Strikes Again & 2 Good News Stories