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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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Jan
18

Tennis Match-Fixing

Credible and good.  The Buzzfeed investigators – John Templon and Heidi Blake – should be congratulated. Three more facts. One, I was with a major monitor of sports gambling fixes.  They are experts in this world. Their people were estimating approximately one fixed match a week in the the tennis world. Two, I interviewed a … Continue reading Tennis Match-Fixing

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Dec
7

Games Night at Zurich Hotels & Why Dan Tan Should Be Released

Crikey – the arrests of FIFA executives is getting so routine at the five-star Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich the management should build it into their daily schedule: 5 p.m.     –                   High Tea 6 p.m.    –                   Cocktails & Happy Hour 6 a.m.    –                    FBI & Swiss Organized Crime Police arrests of FIFA executives … Continue reading Games Night at Zurich Hotels & Why Dan Tan Should Be Released

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Dec
3

Lipstick on a Pig, Mexican Environmental Regulation and FIFA Reform

Today, FIFA announced new reforms.  What good do all these paper plans do if so many of their executives are corrupt? You can put lipstick on a pig – it is still a pig. Below quotes – from today’s press conference  by US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch, Robert Capers and Chief of the IRS Richard Weber. … Continue reading Lipstick on a Pig, Mexican Environmental Regulation and FIFA Reform

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