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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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Apr
7

The Wrong People using the Wrong Tools in the Wrong Way

It is a tale of two reports. The first was released last month by the investigators of the Cycling International Report Commission (CIRI).  They examined the actions of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who govern elite cycling. Their report is a review of the colossal failure of anti-doping efforts in cycling over the last twenty-years. This … Continue reading The Wrong People using the Wrong Tools in the Wrong Way

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Feb
21

Oscars and Racism in the U.S.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a winner! In 2015, Selma is the only film that approaches the majesty and gravitas of what an Oscar for Best Picture should be. It is a superb story but, ironically, not a well-produced film. Selma is actually a ten-part HBO television series squashed into a two-hour movie. The writer … Continue reading Oscars and Racism in the U.S.

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Feb
14

Films By and For Actors & The Theory of Everything

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Working hard on the usual match-fixing, corruption and sport stuff. I will be back in a few weeks with a fair amount of work and news. However, in February I am taking a break to post thoughts on the themes of the current Best Picture Oscar-nominated films. I also include below … Continue reading Films By and For Actors & The Theory of Everything

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Feb
6

So If You’re So Good, How Come You Lost?

American Sniper (minus) 2 ** stars  As we get towards Academy Awards night, a series of essays on the themes from the films nominated for Oscar for Best Film.  Today, American Sniper.  The least thing they could do is admit they lost. The problem with the film American Sniper is that claims to be the truth.  It claims to be … Continue reading So If You’re So Good, How Come You Lost?

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Feb
2

On Fixing the Super Bowl and ‘Extreme’ Weather

It is a sign of the times.   Another major sporting event: another slew of e-mails about whether the game was fixed.   For those who have missed it, last night’s Super Bowl, went down to the final minute.  The Seattle Seahawks, down by several points to the New England Patriots, got the ball to the … Continue reading On Fixing the Super Bowl and ‘Extreme’ Weather

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