FIFA: Bribery ok. Cheating ok. Wearing Poppies wrong

One of the most corrupt organisations on the planet, FIFA, is taking disciplinary action against players for wearing poppies on Armistice Day.

Fifa has commenced disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland for wearing armbands featuring poppies on Armistice Day.

The issue sparked a national debate when Fifa indicated that wearing the symbol would be in contravention of its rules relating to the display of political symbols. The English and Scottish FAs said they planned to wear the armbands regardless for the World Cup qualifier at Wembley last Friday, which England won 3-0.

?We think they?re interpreting the rules wrongly. This is a law-of-the-game issue, not a Fifa competition issue,? said the FA chief executive Martin Glenn last week in the wake of the game.

?So, I?m very confident that our legal position?s right, our moral position?s certainly right, and ? you know what ? there are bigger things in the game for Fifa to worry about,? Glenn said.

?We?ll contest it strongly because we believe ? we?ve had QC opinion on this ? our case is absolutely rock solid.? Read more »


More problems for wog ball

The wog ball scandals keep on coming, with US authorities examining whether effective bribes passed between Fifa-linked bodies and US commercial partners in breach of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

US securities regulators are examining the behaviour of several companies with links to Fifa or other soccer bodies caught up in a major global corruption scandal to see if there were possible violations of US federal bribery laws, according to a report.

The civil probe was in its early stages and may or may not lead to any findings of wrongdoing or enforcement action, said the Reuters news agency, citing an unnamed official who described an investigation being carried out by the US?Securities and Exchange Commission.

Separately, the head of Bolivia?s soccer federation, Carlos Chavez, has been arrested on charges of corruption in the management of finances related to the sport, according to that country?s public prosecutor.

US and Swiss authorities are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into bribery involving soccer officials, marketing executives and various companies. In late May the US indicted nine soccer officials ? most of whom held positions at Fifa ? and five executives for a range of offences related to more than $150m of alleged bribes and kickbacks. ? Read more »

FIFA – the “kickback kingdom”

The murk of FIFA is coming out in rather large quantities.

The bribes and kickbacks amount to millions.

It is the neatly typed transcript of calmly delivered testimony to a Brooklyn courthouse that confirmed Fifa’s reputation as the kickback kingdom.

There are no frills to Chuck Blazer’s claims, just the listing of serial corruption, alleging the acceptance of bribes in the allocation of a host of tournaments, including the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

The guilty plea from Charles Blazer, formerly one of the most high-profile Fifa executives, throws the earth on top of the coffin of Fifa during the Sepp Blatter era. Blatter came to power in 1998 and Blazer’s testimony covers much of his reign.

Blatter has always denied any wrongdoing but what Blazer’s claims indicate is the almost industrial level of racketeering on Blatter’s watch.

No wonder the Fifa president resigned on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time). Such is the strength of Blazer’s evidence that it is hard to see how Blatter can continue during this strange interim period as Fifa awaits an election at the next congress.

Blatter needs to stand down now and explain himself to the authorities and the sport he has tainted.

The Fifa museum probably will not hurry to accept it as an exhibit, but Blazer’s 40-page testimony is one of the most significant documents published in the history of football, one that will inspire as much interest to historians as the 1863 Laws of the Game.

Having indicted 14 people on charges of racketeering and money-laundering, the US Justice Department claimed that the scale of bribery touched $US100 million ($NZ140 million) over 24 years.

It was blockbuster stuff and the United States versus Charles Gordon Blazer provides the script, all overseen by District Judge Raymond J Dearie.

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Wogball president quits in disgrace just days after being re-elected

The world president of Wogball has finally quit as the corruption scandal engulfing the sport escalates.

The FBI and US prosecutors are investigating outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter in their corruption case against world football’s governing body.

US ABC News have reported the major development, citing sources familiar with the case. The news comes hours after Blatter stunned the football world announcing his resignation in Zurich.

Blatter’s unexpected resignation was met with mixed reaction with football leaders expressing relief, but also raising questions over the timing of the move – just four days after his re-election.

The 79-year-old announced the decision in Zurich on Tuesday (NZT Wednesday), in the face of a corruption investigation that has plunged football’s governing body into the worst crisis in its history.

The outgoing president said an election to choose his successor for the deeply troubled organisation would be held as soon as possible. A Fifa official said that could happen any time from December this year to March of next year.

“Fifa needs profound restructuring,” Blatter said. ?? Read more »

What are Sky not telling their shareholders?


Sky Network Television Limited?looks like a pretty solid investment. ?They seem to have an unassailable position in the market. ?Where else do you go for your live NRL, IPL, various World Cups and All Blacks?

Throng reports

The FIFA World Cup began this morning and like practically every other sporting event, Sky has the monopoly on it. Sport is possibly the most compelling reason why anyone would become a Sky subscriber and while a lot of content can be sourced from elsewhere, it is sport that gifts Sky its dominant position. That is, up until now. Read more »

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