Panel discussion at the FFSI conference | Andreas Selliaas
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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.
(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.
- Soccer action meets the media’s alternative reality during Russia’s World Cup finals. Since the alleged poisoning of ex-MI6 agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, a Russophobic media has gone into overdrive. Nowhere is the desperation with which this has been seized more obvious than Britain, which lost the vote to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Russia eight years ago, and the London Guardian. DAVID EDWARDS* digs into the incoherent coverage by Britain’s “serious” newspapers of the 2018 World Cup in contrast with the London 2012 Olympics, hailed at the time as a “masterpiece.”