Well done! Good work. Full kudos to the judicial decision makers at CAS. Full congratulations to Michel Platini and UEFA. Full congratulations to UEFA’s former integrity officer Pierre Cornu. Here is what happened. Turkish football and politics are corrupt (No surprise to anyone in that sentence). The Turkish met an international institution that could not … Continue reading Congratulations to CAS!
The first week in European football always throws up the usual roster of conspiracy theories and depressed Arsenal fans who, after one match, realize that their team once more, will not be winning any trophies. However, for the rest of the world, it raises the question of who will the Premier League? Here to help … Continue reading Hill’s Patented and Highly-Scientific Method of Figuring Out Who Will the Premier League
The Fenerbahçe versus Arsenal match. A waste of time. Fenerbahçe should not be in the Champions League. Heck! They should not even be in the Turkish Super-league, but playing their way out of an enforced relegation at the bottom division of Turkish football. What has occurred in that country is nothing short of a hijacking … Continue reading A Complete Waste of Time
Let it be said here for the first time. Let this warning go out clearly and strongly across the sporting world. The Italian and Turkish football leagues are dead-men walking. In 2010, when I testified before the Parliamentary Committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, I spoke about the ‘cancer of match-fixing that has … Continue reading Dead Men Walking
In Trabzon, eastern Turkey this week, to give a presentation about the importance of continuing to fight against corruption in sport. I am being brought in by a bunch of fans of the local team who are upset about the situation. They may be even more upset very soon. For my message is very simple: … Continue reading Why Turkish Football Needs a Saviour
A quick comment on the arrest of Admir Suljic arrest. This is called throwing the sidekick over the side of the ship. It is a tactic used to distract the media from the real person: Dan Tan. Again, Dan Tan is alleged to be at the centre of the match-fixing ring. If true, he knows … Continue reading A Sidekick Over the Ship
You do not sleep well, the night that someone almost kills you. It had been a perfect day: sunny, blue sky. We, my translator and a driver, had gone from Kirkuk across the northern part of the Sunni triangle to the Tigris River where Saddam Hussein had a palace complex. It was April 2003, a … Continue reading Ten Years Later
The Doha Summit on Sports Security is going on now. Do not believe a syllable of anything that emerges from that meeting. Trust very few of the people who are speaking there. What you are witnessing is an extraordinary and costly charade. There is a superb line in the film by John Sayles Eight … Continue reading Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Right. Lets take a short break from the Dan-Tan-not-being-arrested-saga to get a good laugh at the latest travesty floating about in the sports corruption industry. A Hollywood producer is mooting doing a film about Chris Eaton and his sterling role in cleaning up soccer. Ha, ha, ha! Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dearie-me. … Continue reading Because Erin Brockovich Didn’t Work for a Qatari Anti-Corruption Agency
Thanks to my contacts in Singapore’s law enforcement community (CPIB and the Police), I can bring you the following exclusive transcript of last weekend’s interrogation of Dan Tan: Scene: A cell inside Singapore police headquarters. Long table. Two policemen in crisp, white shirts on one side of the … Continue reading The Interrogation of Dan Tan