The Corruption of FIFA

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Panaroma had a significant report last night about alleged corruption in the upper echelons of FIFA. They had gotten hold of a list of alleged bribes paid by defunct Swiss sports marketing firm ISL to FIFA executive committee members. These allegations are in addition to recent Sunday Times revelations that two committee members were caught discussing bribes.

The FIFA Executive Committee will vote on who will be awarded the 2018 World Cup this week.

Three of the Fifa executive committee members who will decide the fate of the 2018 World Cup were tonight accused of taking bribes in a corruption scandal involving around $100m (£64.2m) of secret payments. The BBC's Panorama documentary, the timing of which had been branded "unpatriotic" by bid executives before broadcast and "frustrating" by the prime minister, David Cameron, also contained fresh allegations against the Concacaf president, Jack Warner, concerning a ticketing scandal linked to the 2010 World Cup.
One of the three, Cameroon's Issa Hayatou, who has never been named before in connection with the affair, appears on a detailed list of 175 alleged secret payments, made betweeen 1989 and 1999, from the defunct sports marketing company ISL, routed via a series of front companies in Liechtenstein to top Fifa officials. Hayatou, once seen as a key target for England, was understood to have reacted furiously to the earlier Sunday Times investigation and the three‑year suspension handed down to Adamu and will be further angered by the latest allegations.

The Paraguayan head of the South American football federation, Nicolás Léoz, also on the list, was named in connection with two ISL payments totalling $130,000 during court proceedings in 2008 but Panorama alleged that he received three further payments of $200,000 each. He was lobbied only last week by the England bid team. The payments list shows that a Liechtenstein company, Sanud, received $9.5m. Ricardo Teixeira, head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, the third executive member named, was linked to Sanud by a 2001 Brazilian Senate investigation which found it had secretly channelled money to him.
Panorama: Three Fifa World Cup voters accused of taking bribes | Football | The Guardian

FIFA is an odious organisation, run by one of the most repellant individuals in world affairs, Sepp Blatter. Blatter has a gigantic ego and massive self-regard, and it was suggested on the BBC recently that he has his eyes on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The self-importance of Blatter and the organisation he runs was illustrated by the puke-inducing slogan they unveiled during the South Africa World Cup - "Fifa: For the Game, For the World."

Corruption appears endemic in FIFA and Blatter has never shown any interest in tackling it. There surely would be nothing to stop, other than logistics, the footballing federations of the world leaving FIFA and set up a new organisation.
 


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Thoroughly depressing to see and hear sections of the English media and footballing world condemning this programme....looks like the brits have got as greedy as everyone else and desperate to try and win a world cup...god knows it's the only chance they ever will as the host nation...

the most sickening thing apart from the bribery was the 'agreement' that the host nation had to sign...fair play to the Dutch for publishing this secret agreement for everyone to see....
 

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We are just coming out of a long period of gross deception in many areas of life.
During this period all who are morally weak or naive[we all are to some extent relying as we do on 'experts' to give us the truth.
We will look back on this last 21years [till a year ago ]as the most deceptive in for around a hundred years,made worse by Large organisations ,world wide media,
the E.U.etcbecause they spread the lies to every corner of the globe.
However as we know there is always a counterpoint to evil,and that is the truth,and while there are those who try to doctor it for their own ends, to hide their real face from
public eyes,the internet helps, to redress most of the lies.
But most of all the planetary changes, make it impossible for evil to last forever,it is just that you have to be prepared to search for the truth ,it does'nt often come knocking on your door .
 

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Thoroughly depressing to see and hear sections of the English media and footballing world condemning this programme....looks like the brits have got as greedy as everyone else and desperate to try and win a world cup...god knows it's the only chance they ever will as the host nation...

the most sickening thing apart from the bribery was the 'agreement' that the host nation had to sign...fair play to the Dutch for publishing this secret agreement for everyone to see....
Yep, the British authorities came out of last night's program looking very shifty, both for the criticism of the BBC for running the program, and for their refusal to release the terms demanded by FIFA for the privilege of hosting the WC. Listening to World Football on the World Service the other day, I heard that the stadium that Brazil intended to use in Sao Paolo for the WC in 2014 was not good enough for FIFA, so the city has been forced to build a new one from scratch, which is now seriously behind schedule and obviously has greatly increased the cost for the hosts. It's hard to understand why sovereign governments are so willing to prostrate themselves before these appalling bureaucrats.
 

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The corruption scandal has deepended and civil war has broken out within FIFA. One of the organisation's senior members, Chuck Blazer, has alleged that Jack Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam arranged a meeting where gifts were offered as inducements to vote for bin Hammam in the next FIFA Presidential election, against the incumbent Sepp Blatter.

Now the facade of respectability at football's world governing body, with its motto For the Good of the Game and its power to award a host country the greatest sporting event on earth, has utterly cracked, on the cusp of an election for a new president. The incendiary allegations made by Blazer on Wednesday against Jack Warner, his long‑term ally in the Concacaf region, and Mohamed bin Hammam, the electoral challenger to the president, Sepp Blatter, bring to nine – more than a third of the executive committee's 24 members – the number suspended or under investigation for alleged corruption.
Fifa: a motto tarnished, a manifesto under fire and a family at war | Football | The Guardian

This story was originally broken by the Sunday Times, and was followed up by the BBC, but as David Conn notes:

As the latest corruption allegations at Fifa came tumbling – this time, crucially, from one of its own senior members, Chuck Blazer – it prompted the recollection that just five months ago the prime minister and Prince William went to sell our nation to Fifa's decision-makers, and the Football Association's World Cup bid team attacked as "unpatriotic" the media who pointed to alleged bribe-taking at the organisation.
Such a rotten organisation is probably beyond redemption at this stage. Certainly as long as the deeply questionable Blatter is in charge. It would be nice to think that the main national organisations would break away and form a new international body (after all, who needs FIFA?) but this is probably wishful thinking.
 

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not a hope of fifia reforming-snouts will not be parted from trough-anyway they merely reflect the national organisations that provide the membership-it will require a ground up reformation not top down
 

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FIFA has been one of the most corrupt sporting bodies for many many years now, arguably going back to Joao Havelange's time. An odious character in his prime, Blatter is / was very much his pet.

Blatter has today I reckon played the ace up his sleeve, a dirty tactic no doubt to smear fellow corrupt characters within FIFA seeking the big seat.

I highly recommend you reading David Yallop's "How They Stole The Game", an insight into the so-called Beautiful Game, so efficiently run by our good friends with the football family that is FIFA!!!
 

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Lol at the English calling FIFA corrupt. The premier league is the most corrupt league in Europe bar Italy. Only a matter of time before there is a whistle blower from within English football.
 

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its an open secret that a first team coach was sacked from a premiership team to make way for the nephew of a fifa rep from a certain African country, who promised a certain non UK national 4 votes for hosting the 2018 WC. The nephews expereince in coaching footbala was, to say the least, derisory. Money talks, bullshit wakls.
 

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FIFA is not the only "world" organisation that suffers from corruption. The problems begin when there are no standards set for participating countries. All you have to do is apply and you're in. It's the same with the UN. These are worthy ideas badly executed. If you had to reach a certain standard before attaining an influential position it might keep this sort of abuse in check. Most of those accused of corruption come from the usual places which have absolutely nostandards of ethical behaviour so it should come as no surprise, Someone once described the UN as trying to mix ice cream (the democratic West) with shite (everyone else). The overwhelming taste will be shite, not ice cream. The same with FIFA. This will not be resolved until the big European teams bail out and start over
 

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@worldsoccerEd Twitter account for the editor of the Soccer bible "World Soccer Magazine". the only magazine I buy religiously every month. He has been posting some excellent tweets on the FIFA controversy.
 

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@worldsoccerEd Twitter account for the editor of the Soccer bible "World Soccer Magazine". the only magazine I buy religiously every month. He has been posting some excellent tweets on the FIFA controversy.
Is that magazine still around? I used to buy it when I was younger, don't see it in the shops anymore. I might search it out.

The Guardian is reporting this evening that there are moves behind the scenes to develop a permanent pan-European league, which would contain the same top clubs every year without relegation or promotion. A salary cap might also be introduced. The clubs may take the opportunity of the current crisis in FIFA to move ahead with their plans.

Fifa crisis: impotence of world body adds power to elbow of clubs | Football | The Guardian
 

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The Guardian is reporting this evening that there are moves behind the scenes to develop a permanent pan-European league, which would contain the same top clubs every year without relegation or promotion.
Farewell to any soul football still has if that's the case.
 

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Farewell to any soul football still has if that's the case.
It's the Americanisation of football. Giant pan-continental franchises operating in a closed league with massive yet capped wages. Presumably the national leagues will operate as a feeder system, in the same way that the US colleges do to the NFL.

It's the ever increasing commercialisation of football, and the distancing from the game's 'consumers', that is causing many fans to lose their love of the game, and focus instead on other sports that still are community based and where the players care about more than a massive pay cheque, such as GAA or rugby. This process will only accelerate
 

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It's really getting out of control now. FIFA is falling apart. Jack Warner has been suspended and has threatened to unleash a 'football tsunami' ahead of this week's unopposed reelection of Sepp Blatter.

As a first step he has opened a front on Valcke, who is Fifa's top mandarin as its general secretary. Warner has disclosed an incendiary email in which Valcke discussed the presidential election campaign of the Qatari Fifa executive-committee member Mohamed bin Hammam, who was suspended on Sunday. In the message Valcke appears to accuse Qatar of "buying" the World Cup.
The final strand of Warner's attack on the events that led to his suspension on Sunday is against Blatter. Warner accuses Blatter of apportioning Fifa funds for his own political ends in the final weeks before Wednesday's election. "I also indicated that at the Miami Concacaf congress on 3 May Mr Blatter made a gift of $1m to Concacaf to spend as it deems fit," Warner said. "This annoyed [Uefa's] president Michel Platini who was present and he approached Valcke complaining that Mr Blatter had no permission from the finance committee to make this gift to which Jérôme [sic] replied that he will find the money for Mr Blatter."
Jack Warner unleashes his 'tsunami' with Blatter and Valcke accusations | Football | guardian.co.uk
 

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It's really getting out of control now. FIFA is falling apart. Jack Warner has been suspended and has threatened to unleash a 'football tsunami' ahead of this week's unopposed reelection of Sepp Blatter.





Jack Warner unleashes his 'tsunami' with Blatter and Valcke accusations | Football | guardian.co.uk
so honour among thieves is dead - god forbid any such petty squabbling would occur here........................................................Merriongate : Missing Ticket Money : George the Greek : Night of Long Knives : Joe Delaney ........fifa merely mirror their constituent associations
 

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Sepp Blatter is speaking now. It's like classic Brian Cowen. Complete waffle!
He may be a complete toe rag, but you have to hand it to him, he is some operator!
 

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Over the past weekend FIFA seemed to shed any last semblance of being an organisation dedicated to the betterment of football and at last came clean as a self-serving, highly politicised and Machivellian organisation set up to serve its unaccountable elite. I never thought I'd say this, but it makes FF look professional and selfless.
 


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