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Jun
24

The ‘Sports’ Farce in Washington

To my American colleagues who went to the seminar on ‘sports integrity’ at the National Press Club on June 24th, You saw a presentation by a man with little credibility in sports integrity and two other men who have failed. You attended a presentation sponsored by the Qatari sports establishment.    This is a group that … Continue reading The ‘Sports’ Farce in Washington

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Jun
22

Its Not All About Blatter

Era una broma, pero aún tenía que salir. Hasta la semana pasada, Walter De Gregorio fue el portavoz de los medios de comunicación para la FIFA. Luego, en la televisión suiza hizo una broma acerca de su empleador: “El presidente de la FIFA, el secretario general y el portavoz medios están todos en un coche. … Continue reading Its Not All About Blatter

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Jun
5

The Scramble for Cover of the Long Silent

1- So it begins.I write of the mad scramble for cover of the silent sports journalists, the creepy academics and the cringing consultants who said little against FIFA or CONCACAF over the last three decades.   My least favourite are that gang of academics who gathered around the Sorbonne/ICSS to “research match-fixing”. Almost incredibly they linked … Continue reading The Scramble for Cover of the Long Silent

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Jun
3

10 Thoughts on Sepp Blatter’s Resignation

1-  There are lots of people in the FIFA world who are far, far worse than Blatter. 2- It is possible that after the next FIFA election we could wind up with a president who will make us feel nostalgic for Blatter. 3- Blatter and his group at Zurich ran effective protection for national football … Continue reading 10 Thoughts on Sepp Blatter’s Resignation

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Jun
1

Loud Booing, Bridge of Lies & South African Fix

What to do if you’re a Canadian soccer fan. It is very simple. Cheer the players: Boo the soccer officials. Anytime a FIFA official walks on the pitch or addresses the crowd: boo and jeer them. For good measure, make signs that denounce them. At these international events, FIFA officials’ usual trick is to make … Continue reading Loud Booing, Bridge of Lies & South African Fix

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May
27

The End of FIFA’s Credibility

Finally. Finally. Finally. This must be the end to Sepp Blatter. This must be the end to the reign of corruption at FIFA. Never has the sports world seen such a spectacle. Officials being carted off for arrest as they arrive for an international conference.  Can FIFA ever regain its credibility? A couple of thoughts. … Continue reading The End of FIFA’s Credibility

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May
21

Murdered Bikers, IOC/FIFA and Dead Men Walking

The links between organized crime bike gangs and the IOC/FIFA Okay, everyone calm down. This blog is not about Thomas Bach’s previously unknown (and utterly fictional) history as a Hells Angels member or Sepp Blatter’s non-role as a Bandido drug enforcer. Rather it is about the reason why those nine motorcycle gang members were murdered … Continue reading Murdered Bikers, IOC/FIFA and Dead Men Walking

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Apr
24

Media Spin, the Qataris and Chris Eaton

It is called ‘media spin’. If you missed the story, a man who is involved in the Qatari anti-corruption agency for sports  – Chris Eaton – is now claiming in the media that he is shocked about a new book that investigates whether the Qataris may have been offering bribes to win the rights to … Continue reading Media Spin, the Qataris and Chris Eaton

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Apr
20

“We save the whales. We save the dolphins. We need to save human beings.”

   A suspension of articles on match-fixing for the next few days after the tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea.    Here is an article I wrote in November 2014, on a private charity that tries to rescue migrants off Malta.  VALLETTA, MALTA—It is the memories of the dead children that keep Marco Cauchi up at night. … Continue reading “We save the whales. We save the dolphins. We need to save human beings.”

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Apr
15

The Devil is in the Details

To start with the important point: it is a good idea. This is the proposal that came out of a meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sports integrity forum last weekend. The IOC’s reputation has suffered so much damage over the years that the words – ‘meeting, ‘sports integrity’ and ‘IOC’ – immediately plant … Continue reading The Devil is in the Details

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