There is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft power and prestige attached to it. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA* Continue reading
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Systemic corruption is quite common among the world’s political, financial, and economic power-brokers. Every other political, financial, and economic entity in the US is entangled in some form of systemic corruption, including professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); yet the US has not pursued violators from those entities. Above all, what is suspicious about the US intervention into FIFA politics is that whenever the US intervenes internationally, claiming to be concerned about democracy, good governance, and/or human rights, that intervention proves to be duplicitous. Professor GEORGE WRIGHT* on the US-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance. Continue reading
Why are the Americans so interested in “cleaning up” a game that has been managed mostly by Europeans so far? Why did Swiss cops come with New York Times journalists in tow? Why did they arrest officials exclusively from South and Central American federations? The FBI’s move against seven FIFA officials on charges of corruption is seen by most countries as a desperate US-Euro effort to isolate Russia and re-open the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. SHOBHAN SAXENA*
Rio de Janeiro (May 31) – Forget the analogies about football being more important than life and religion. The Beautiful Game has always been all about politics among nations – on and off the pitch. And now, it’s reaching Cold War levels. Continue reading
(June 3) – Washington’s attack on world soccer is following the script of Washington’s attack on the Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics. The difference is that Washington couldn’t stop the Olympics from being held in Sochi, and was limited to scaring off westerners with lies and propaganda. In the current scandal orchestrated by Washington, Washington intends to use its takeover of FIFA to renege on FIFA’s decision that Russia host the next World Cup. Continue reading
A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup host, and the imminent publication of a Sunday Times book documenting Qatari political interference in world soccer body FIFA’s 2011 presidential election that returned Sepp Blatter to office at the behest of the FIFA president casts a shadow over next month’s FIFA election and is likely to renew debate about the integrity of the Qatari bid.
AP and Business Insider ZURICH (March 20) — The World Cup’s commercial power led to record revenue of $2 billion for FIFA last year, with $337 million in profits coming from the four-year cycle leading up to the 2014 soccer tournament in Brazil. Continue reading
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
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.
telSUR (Oct. 30) – At press conference in Russia Wednesday, FIFA president, Sepp Blatter said that Lionel Messi did not deserve the Golden Ball award for best player in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Continue reading
A FIFA task force held a meeting Monday, at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, to discuss the options for the 2018-2024 international match calendar, and more specifically, they discussed over when should the Qatar 2022 World Cup take place. Continue reading