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Jun
24

The 18,000 Reasons Why the UK Voted for Brexit

London:  This was not a referendum about 1973 – the year when Britain entered the European Union (EU).  Nor was it a referendum about 1991 – the year when all the European Union countries agreed under the Maastricht Treaty, essentially, to expand a free trade agreement into a political and parliamentary union. No, last night’s … Continue reading The 18,000 Reasons Why the UK Voted for Brexit

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Jun
17

Sports and the Russian Mafia

On the news that the Russian track and field athletes are banned from the Rio Olympics. Good decision. Two points, five lessons and the links between sports and the Russian Mafia. The Russian anti-doping system in sport was largely a sham: a Potemkin village of a program designed to give the appearance of an effective … Continue reading Sports and the Russian Mafia

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Jun
10

How to Fix the European Championship

  This is an article that I hate to write. I hope that fixing does not happen at the upcoming European Championship. I hope that no teams, players or officials are involved in corruption. However, for all the football fans that are concerned for the integrity of the beautiful game here is the blueprint of … Continue reading How to Fix the European Championship

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Jun
4

Muhammad Ali: the Fix and One of the Greats

It is one of the great sporting images of our time and it comes from a fixed fight. Muhammad Ali has shuffled off to the great boxing heaven in the sky.  He was a fighter who set the world alight with his skills, politics and charisma.  In the glowing hagiographies that will come out let … Continue reading Muhammad Ali: the Fix and One of the Greats

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May
27

Rio Olympics: Why They Should be Postponed or Moved

A brilliant piece of public health analysis by Amir Attaran in last month’s Harvard Public Health Review .  This is the source research that 150 other medical experts agreed with and sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) asking that the Rio de Janeiro Olympics be postponed, moved or canceled.  Read Attaran’s words … Continue reading Rio Olympics: Why They Should be Postponed or Moved

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May
17

2 Farces, Turkish Nightmare & Infantino’s Blatter-Lite FIFA

It was not a good week for sport. The Turkish nightmare continues. There are strange doings, as usual, in Singapore and Qatar. However, the big story is that Gianni Infantino’s FIFA has now become a Blatter-Lite FIFA: the same organisation, only with better table manners for the media.   The key issue is the resignation … Continue reading 2 Farces, Turkish Nightmare & Infantino’s Blatter-Lite FIFA

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May
12

King of the Mediocre

On the bright side, he has never actually been convicted of fraud, racketeering or money laundering. He has also never been arrested for corruption. No has ever caught him on hidden camera offering bribes or election gifts. Ummmm… well, thats about it really. The news that Canada’s own Victor Montagliani was elected president of CONCACAF, … Continue reading King of the Mediocre

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May
9

Requiem for a Football Legend: Michel Platini

So he is gone. Michel Platini’s drink at the last chance legal saloon of the Council for the Arbitration of Sport (CAS – the supreme court for sports) just ended.   Here is the background. Michel Platini “advised” Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA, between 1999-2002. Just before the 2011 FIFA Presidential election, where … Continue reading Requiem for a Football Legend: Michel Platini

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May
2

They Have Already Failed: IOC and Interpol

Three weeks away and much to discuss. Lets begin with the non-action of the Olympic integrity officials. They have already failed. In case you missed it amidst the barrage of fancy sounding “anti-corruption” conferences and announcements from various bureaucrats about how they are fighting hard against fixing, leaving no stone turned, standing vigilant, etc, etc … Continue reading They Have Already Failed: IOC and Interpol

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Apr
30

It’s Not a Fix: Leicester City’s Dream Season

Returning from three-weeks away to an inbox of e-mails from around the world asking, ‘is the whole thing is a fix?’.  Is Leicester City’s triumphant surge simply a case of bunged envelopes, compliant defenders and compromised games?  The notes have poured in from across the world. Readers from New Zealand to South Africa to England … Continue reading It’s Not a Fix: Leicester City’s Dream Season

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