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‘Sports integrity’: The surreptious Saudi campaign to steal the World Cup away from Qatar

Currently, a battle is going on between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, one that is affecting international football as well. There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia wants to take the World Cup away from Qatar in 2022. The “Foundation for Sports Integrity” was launched in a lavish setting in London in May with buzz words about “transparency” and “corruption” that made several participants ask about the source of the money. Two of them were Andreas Selliaas and Jan Jensen*, who have tried to track the secret backers of the new initiative. Jim Waterson of the Guardian also weighs in with additional facts. Interestingly, with regard to awarding the FIFA World Cup 2026, which was announced later in Moscow in July, Saudi Arabia backed the winning, so-called “United” bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico, while Qatar backed the Morocco bid.

Panel discussion at the FFSI conference | Andreas Selliaas

(London, Updated 28 June) – The Foundation for Sports Integrity (FFSI) was launched at the fashionable Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square in London on 31 May. The founder of the FFSI is Jaimie Fuller, the Chairman of SKINS, one of the persons behind the initiative New FIFA Now and a familiar face to those attending Play the Game conferences.

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Monopolization of sport: Funds from Europe’s Champions League cement domestic domination

By Steve Menary

Only three new clubs enter this season’s Champions League, the latest edition of the Diversity Index shows and also reveals that the current prizing system fuels competitive imbalances and domestic hegemony.

The 2018/19 edition of the UEFA Champions League will see the competition move nearer to a closed league as the number of clubs making their debut dwindles to just three.

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Sports journalism – an adult fairy-tale

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Sports journalism in the monopoly media is a narcosis of entertainment, diversion and mercantilism. LARS ANDERSSON* asks if is it really journalism’s task to do PR work for the world it is writing about? In the second of two articles on investigative journalism in sport, leading journalists call for a media that dares to delve behind the glossy and narcotic facade of sport.

playthegame.org (July 14) – Real Madrid loses 4-3 to FC Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo is angry and vents his frustrations to the press.

This is modern sports journalism in a nutshell.

A match report and a one-source story with a sports celebrity.

According to the International Sports Press Survey 2011, 78 per cent of all sports journalism is essentially about matches, athletes and coaches; 2.7 per cent covers sports politics and 3.1 per cent focuses on economic aspects of sports.

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Sports media: The truth cannot be suppressed

Fascination rather than a critical approach dominates sports journalism | Ivan Bandura/Flickr

Fascination rather than a critical approach dominates sports journalism | Ivan Bandura/Flickr

Investigative journalism is scarce in the monopoly sports media. A few truth-seekers are breaking away from the pack – but not without considerable personal and economic consequences. In the first of two articles on investigative journalism in sport, Danish freelance writer Lars Andersson portrays three journalists who regularly challenge corporate sport’s self-image.

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FIFA executive allegedly stole Australian cash, quits

New report accuses former CONCACAF executives Jack Warner (middle) and Chuck Blazer (right) of enriching themselves with the confederation's money. Photo: CONCACAF congress 2011 in Miami (c) Jens Weinreich 

New report accuses former CONCACAF executives Jack Warner (middle) and Chuck Blazer (right) of enriching themselves with the confederation’s money. Photo: CONCACAF congress 2011 in Miami (c) Jens Weinreich

(22 April 2013) – A REPORT released during the CONCACAF congress in Panama on April 19 outlines harsh allegations of fund embezzlement committed by then FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer of the USA. Both men had functioned without a written contract from 1998 until their respective departures, and the American Blazer allegedly received 15 million dollars in commissions for his services during that time frame.  Continue reading

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Play the Game launches website on good governance

THE credibility of international sport is challenged almost on a daily basis by reports on corruption and mismanagement, whitewashing, match-fixing, embezzlement, the degradation of sportsmanship and other forms of cheating. Many of the stories are directly or indirectly related to the international organisations that represent hundreds of millions of athletes and their multinational imperialist sponsors. An ever-deepening and unprecedented credibility crisis has energed. Continue reading

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Forums on sports democratization and governance underway

By TONY SEED

FORUMS on sports democratization and on governance are underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Cologne, Germany respectively.

In Argentina representatives from nearly a dozen countries are attending the sixth MERCOSUR Latin American Forum on Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, which will conclude on October 8.

The forum responds to the need of promoting the social and democratic spaces for people to participate, Forum Chairman Pedro Tavosnaska told Prensa Latina. Continue reading

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