Monthly Archives: March 2014

Qatar World Cup 2022: Qatar alleged to have paid former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and family millions

Foot on ballAccording to the Telegraph, documents appear to show a senior Fifa official and his family were paid millions by a company controlled by a former Qatari football official shortly after the country won its bid for the 2022 World Cup. There’s an American element, too: a bank in the Cayman Islands refused to process one of the payments “amid fears over the legality of the money transfer,” so a bank in New York did it instead.

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Russia responds to US request to expel Russia from FIFA

Russia’s response read: “In light of US’s military aggression against several sovereign states such as Yugoslavia with no particular reason; Iraq and Libya – alleged search chemical weapons; attempt to invade and occupy Syria and numerous cases of human rights violations all over the world revealed by E. Snowden, we respectfully ask that you urgently convene an emergency session of FIFA to consider suspending US’s membership in FIFA, and denying the United States team the right to participate in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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US NCAA: Poster boy for corruption and exploitation

usaid-cashThe annual US college hoops hysteria known as March Madness generates a multibillion-dollar wave of revenue – but the players don’t receive a dime of it. And this includes the 25 Canadian youth being hyped by TSN, which does not broadcast Canadian college games, as “the next generation of basketball” for self-serving reasons.

Dave ZirinThe Nation (April 1, 2013) – THE corruption extends to the college sports media industry. Over the past decade, the number of college football and basketball games broadcast on ESPN channels has skyrocketed from 491 to 1,320. ESPN now happens to be both the number-one broadcaster of college football and basketball and those sports’ number-one news provider. Covering sports and shilling for the industry have become carnally intertwined. Nationally credited journalists from ESPN and other media outlets reportedly show up at the Fiesta Bowl a week in advance, where they stay at the finest resorts and receive a different expensive present every day, courtesy of the tournament’s corporate sponsors. Continue reading

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Israeli armed forces permanently injure Palestinian soccer players

The Palestinian national soccer team, a source of pride for many, has been under attack by the Israeli state | AP Photo. Tara Todras-Whitehill

The Palestinian national soccer team, a source of pride for many, has been under attack by the Israeli state | AP Photo. Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dave Zirin, Nation (March 3) – THEIR NAMES are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank. Now they are never going to play sports again. Jawhar and Adam were on their way home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon them as they approached a checkpoint. After being shot repeatedly, they were mauled by checkpoint dogs and then beaten. Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot. After being transferred from a hospital in Ramallah to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, they received the news that soccer would no longer be a part of their futures. (Israel’s border patrol maintains that the two young men were about to throw a bomb.) Continue reading

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