Monthly Archives: November 2014

Adidas to continue investing in Russia: Spokesperson

adidas shoeAdidas business in Russia is “healthy and growing,” and has not been affected by sanctions, the company’s spokesperson states.

Sputnik (Nov. 10) – Adidas remains committed to Russia, and will continue investing in the country, Katja Schreiber, the company’s spokesperson, told Sputnik [news service] on Monday. Continue reading

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Swiss students target Sepp Blatter lecture

Blatter announces Qatar

Blatter announces Qatar

Students held up banners reading ‘chase Blatter away’

(Nov. 5) – Police in riot gear were deployed at a university in Zurich as protesters tried to force their way into a room where the Fifa president Sepp Blatter was giving a lecture, news agencies report. Continue reading

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US police power (FBI) turns American FIFA bigwig into common informant

Chuck Blazer turned informer after the FBI gave him a dossier alleging failure to pay tax on huge sums of income | Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Chuck Blazer turned informer after the FBI gave him a dossier alleging failure to pay tax on huge sums of income | Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Owen Gibson (Nov. 5) – Claims that a disgraced former Fifa executive turned FBI informant used a bugging device to record meetings with colleagues at the London 2012 Olympics have led to calls for the Serious Fraud Office to investigate world football’s governing body. The allegations, part of an investigation into Chuck Blazer by the New York Daily News, prompted the Conservative MP Damian Collins to renew his call for the SFO to investigate long-standing bribery and money-laundering allegations surrounding Fifa.

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Soccer players protest summer World Cup in Qatar

qatar_congratulationsTemperatures in Qatar can reach 40C between May and September, although a date for the World Cup has still not been set in 2022. Qatar is one of the main funders of terrorist gangs in Syria.

teleSUR (Nov. 5) – The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) concluded its General Assambley in Tokyo Wednesday, with the players saying holding the 2022 World Cup in the Qatari summer represents a huge health risk for players. Continue reading

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Emirates pulls plug on FIFA

Soccer Corporatization(Nov. 3) – Emirates, the world’s biggest international airline, won’t renew its sponsorship of FIFA, allowing its contract with soccer’s global governing body to expire at the end of the year.

The decision comes after FIFA faced corruption allegations linked to votes for the World Cup and its presidency during the period. Emirates is among FIFA’s six top-tier partners. Four have renewed through at least the next World Cup in Russia and another, Sony Corp. (6758), is in discussions about an extension. Continue reading

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Fifa World Cup bidding report cannot be published for legal reasons – judge

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerDavid Owen (Oct. 17) – The German judge overseeing Fifa’s investigation into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has insisted that the report cannot be published in full for legal reasons, but promised an overview of the main findings by the middle of next month. Continue reading

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Canadian Hockey League: In defence of the rights of junior hockey players

CHLIn 2012, an unsuccessful attempt was initiated to launch a Canadian Hockey League Players Association (CHLPA) to restrict the exploitation of youth by private capital. It was amazing how quickly the powerful sports media, which is tied hand-in-glove with professional hockey and the big telecom interests, admitted to “abuses” while suffocating the organizers with a barrage of innuendo. RYAN LUNN reports on a new initiative to defend the rights of young athletes. Continue reading

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