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Czech Kudos, Turkey’s Embarrassment and Yet More Dodgy Officials

To start January with good news: well done the Czechs! I have just returned from the Czech Republic and the police there have done something almost unparalleled in the match-fixing world.   They have swooped in and arrested 25 people and busted up an alleged match-fixing ring in the lower divisions of their football league. Well, … Continue reading Czech Kudos, Turkey’s Embarrassment and Yet More Dodgy Officials

It Just Got Worse: More on Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption

After thugs beat up the one of the referee coordinators with iron bars you would not think it could get worse. It just did. Yesterday, the Greek press published articles about a letter signed by UEFA and FIFA that warned the Greek authorities about their stance on corruption in their football leagues. You might think, … Continue reading It Just Got Worse: More on Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption

It is All Happening Again: Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption

To start with the obvious: I like Greece, I like Turkey.  I love many of their peoples and I intensely dislike what I now have to write.  However, it is the truth, so here goes: Greek football is deeply corrupt. Actually, that is an understatement.   What I should say, is that Greek football is so … Continue reading It is All Happening Again: Greek, Turkish Football and Systems of Corruption

Two Questions to show Why Bombing ISIL is Not Always a Great Idea

As the horror of the latest ISIL atrocity hits the headlines (the beheading of 18 people, including Peter Kassig, an American medical worker) here are two questions to understand why the western military response to ISIL will, largely, not work. First question: If you are Canadian can you tell the difference between a French-Canadian and … Continue reading Two Questions to show Why Bombing ISIL is Not Always a Great Idea