The Walking Oxymoron Strikes Again & 2 Good News Stories

“Quick! Lets have a conference. Invite everyone. In case there is some poor bastard in the field who is  actually doing something useful." Chief-Superintendent (former) Leonard Powell, Metropolitan Police Ho hum. Another month. Another ridiculous conference put on by the walking oxymoron that is the Qatari group for ‘integrity in sport’ – the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS). This one is being held in New York and is called ‘Securing Sport’. It is the usual mixture of superannuated policemen, sports bureaucrats,...

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FIFA – What Should Happen Now

Get Richard Pound in there asap. The news today of Sepp Blatter’s suspension shows the power of the sponsors.   Forget any police charges. Forget any bad publicity.   The reason why he is being shown the door is that some of the rich sponsors - finally, finally - came forward last week and asked for him to leave.  If they had done it years ago we might not be in this position. The question is what to do now? FIFA is still an...

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Requiem for a FIFA President & More to Come

See below from last week, when a number of people close to the investigations showed me some of the documentation. The other stories from FIFA sources are, now, legendary. When Blatter heard of the arrests at the five-star hotel in the spring, FIFA-insiders claim he hid for several hours, mobile phone switched off in case someone came for him. Here is the official statement from Swiss Prosecutors: Criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA Bern, 25.09.2015 – The Office of the Attorney...

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Requiem for a Fixer

  He was one of the best. Yet in the end, he was brought down in a futile attempt to fix a little team in a forgettable tournament. For those readers who do not follow the intricacies of the Singaporean legal system, you may have missed the story this week, that one was imprisoned for four years for match-fixing. The actual case involved Pal bribing the coach of the East Timor national team and some of his players with 15,000$ How Pal...

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Its Going to Get Really Bad

There will be more arrests in the FIFA scandal. I am not speaking of Loretta Lynch’s cheeky announcement this week in Zurich. I am not speaking of Jerome Valcke being relieved of his duties. I spoke this week with a number of key people with close connections with the US FBI investigation. What they have discovered in newly-gathered documents about certain key individuals in the soccer world is shocking. More pertinently, they now the internal documents to bring about these arrests. Stay tuned. It...

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Dead Catting, Image Laundering and Why You Should Have Nothing to Do with the ICSS

No independent, intelligent or credible person should have anything to do with the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) – the Qatari sponsored organization on sports governance and integrity. The ICSS is like the great Yiddish joke: what is the definition of chutzpah? The man who kills his mother and father and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. To review: the Qataris are the people who ushered in yet another chapter of FIFA integrity...

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The ‘Sports’ Farce in Washington

To my American colleagues who went to the seminar on ‘sports integrity’ at the National Press Club on June 24th, You saw a presentation by a man with little credibility in sports integrity and two other men who have failed. You attended a presentation sponsored by the Qatari sports establishment.    This is a group that is suspected by sports fans around the world of corruption in securing the rights to the World Cup tournament of 2022. This is a group that...

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The Scramble for Cover of the Long Silent

1- So it begins.I write of the mad scramble for cover of the silent sports journalists, the creepy academics and the cringing consultants who said little against FIFA or CONCACAF over the last three decades.   My least favourite are that gang of academics who gathered around the Sorbonne/ICSS to “research match-fixing”. Almost incredibly they linked themselves with both FIFA (via Interpol) and the Qatari sports establishment. It is difficult to find organizations with less credibility in the public's eyes...

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10 Thoughts on Sepp Blatter’s Resignation

1-  There are lots of people in the FIFA world who are far, far worse than Blatter. 2- It is possible that after the next FIFA election we could wind up with a president who will make us feel nostalgic for Blatter. 3- Blatter and his group at Zurich ran effective protection for national football federations around the world when they faced criminal investigations for corruption. From Nigeria to Iran to Greece – when governments, police forces and law enforcement have...

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Loud Booing, Bridge of Lies & South African Fix

What to do if you're a Canadian soccer fan. It is very simple. Cheer the players: Boo the soccer officials. Anytime a FIFA official walks on the pitch or addresses the crowd: boo and jeer them. For good measure, make signs that denounce them. At these international events, FIFA officials’ usual trick is to make sure they are only seen on the pitches accompanied by fashion models or small children in costumes. Ignore the models, respect the children, but jeer the FIFA officials. Remember, this...

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