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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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Mar
23

7 Reasons to see The Program

Stephen Frears film The Program about Lance Armstrong’s doping to win the Tour de France has just opened to near unanimous negative reviews and public neglect. This is too bad. It is a superb film and should be watched by anyone with an interest in sports. Some points: 1. Ben Foster’s performance of Lance Armstrong … Continue reading 7 Reasons to see The Program

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Mar
4

Covert Campaigns at the FIFA Game of Thrones

The FIFA presidential election was about covert campaigning, geo-politics, arrests for racketeering, corruption, fraud and sex: it did not have much to do with soccer. There were two FIFA Presidential elections happening here in Zurich. The public one with fine sounding statements and pronouncements of public morality made by the five presidential candidates. Their speeches … Continue reading Covert Campaigns at the FIFA Game of Thrones

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Feb
25

Insider’s Paradise: Corruption Looms Large Ahead of FIFA Presidential Election

The FIFA presidential election will take place on Friday in Zurich, giving the game’s power brokers a golden chance to affect change. But there’s a catch. The 207 eligible presidents of the national football federations wield the power to vote, yet these officials are, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, steeped in a world where … Continue reading Insider’s Paradise: Corruption Looms Large Ahead of FIFA Presidential Election

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Feb
24

The Elephant in the FIFA Room and the Caribbean Delegates

There are two unresolved questions here in Zurich with days to go before the biggest election in FIFA’s history. The two front runners are Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman. They both have the official support of two confederations: Salman his own Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the African Confederation (CAF). Infantino – Europe (UEFA) and … Continue reading The Elephant in the FIFA Room and the Caribbean Delegates

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Feb
22

The Battle for the Soul of FIFA & Boris Johnson’s EU Football Nightmare

In Zurich to witness the fight that one of the candidates describes as, “the most important in the history of FIFA”. If a candidate, like Sheikh Salman of Bahrain with the human rights allegations against him, wins, the credibility of FIFA will be over. Salman is firmly in the lead with delegates officially committed. The … Continue reading The Battle for the Soul of FIFA & Boris Johnson’s EU Football Nightmare

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