5 thoughts on “Foul: The obscene revelations of FIFA corruption

  1. This is a book I had never heard of before now! I thank you Boss.Will order it tommorow for summer reading from the damaged section of Amazon books as per.
    My view although very limited is and I have said it before as have many football fans from all clubs around the world, its a closed shop so many clique’s to break through.
    How in gods earth can you have a vote to head the strongest of all controlling bodies of sport in the world, when there is only one nominee to vote for?
    He I believe Septic Bladder achieved all of the votes cast apart from 13% a resounding vote of confidence…surely.
    The English FA, pulling out of the voting process as late as Sunday had little or in fact zero time to canvass the remaining delegates.It was argued and partially correct this appeared bitter for their failed bid for the World cup in now ‘likely’ Qatar.Only the Scottish FA backed the English FA to call the vote off, while the corruption investigations were carried out.Dead end.
    The saddest aspect of recent and I have written this elsewhere at greater length than here to highlight the shame of F.I.F.A the pillaging of ‘normal fans’ to attain a ticket for the biggest show of the year at Wembley at intial massively inflated face value prices, for more than 30% to be retained for the Switzerland based bureaucrats to do as they wish with said briefs.Lining their nests and passing onto more suits.
    However its all right now, pissing in the wind, until a collective stance is taken and force of numbers makes these people managing the ‘game’ they are not beyond the law of the land and corruption and theft, result in custodial sentences.I say bring back hanging, or walk the plank!( joking).
    Anyhow, more important matters await me, a cool pint with mates at my village watering hole.
    Ps anybody seriously interested in this check out ‘transparency in sport’Andrew Jennings site…..och Google it.lol.

  2. My view is Blatter = Edgar j Hoover, a file on everyone in power within FIFA guarenteed loyalty on tap . Great article Frank , They FIFA rely on our indolence not to rock the boat . It would of been interesting to hear Jack Warners revelations after his Standing down by the so called Ethics Commitee . NO doubt though the back stage moves to placate and silence him would of been in place even as the verdict was delivered .
    Further to this the four members who were exposed by Lord Triesman have been exonerated ! I do not believe for one minute he lied , its just to me another murky sham within FIFA . The only way forward is to take up a stance similar to the International Olympics Commitee , bring in external bodies to investigate wrong doing etc . All of which i know wont happen !
    Ill certainly read the book Frank and Red Scotts advised site .

  3. The only way to clean up FIFA is for a rival organisation to be set up and put it out of business. It is rotten to the core and the fact that Septic Bladder was voted in again shows that no-one but the English FA is prepared to rock the boat. It is anything but deomocratic and the only way that I can see is for the big nations like the UK, France, Brazil etc to walk so others will follow. Otherwise it will be more of the same. The corruption and cronyism will continue and as Redscot said above it is mugs like us that are funding it because we love the game so scumbag fuckers like these than live like kings and pull the puppet strings.

  4. @wiuru, murty and RedScot – Apologies for reminiscing BUT I have seen how FIFA operates with my own eyes. The 1993 World Youth Cup Finals in Australia and again in Malaysia 1997, the 1993 Under 17 World Cup Finals in Japan and World Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton Canada, Sydney and Buenos Aires also in ’93. The excesses of FIFA officials – including an arrogant Sepp Blatter, were nothing less than obscene. They REALLY thought they ruled the world. Breakfast with Blatter in Kobe, Japan was an eye opener because despite his unlimited charm, everyone could see that he was nothing more than a snake oil salesman only interested in selling himself.


    is a photo taken at FIFA Zurich headquarters in 1990 showing Blatter on the left, myself on the right and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Keith Burkinshaw in the centre. Sad to say that the people who ran football in Australia at the time were no different. murty is 100% correct in saying that a rival to FIFA must somehow be set up. Difficult? Of course. Impossible? Of course NOT!

  5. You’re right Frank – It’ not impossible but I do think it’s the only solution. The obscene excesses of FIFA are very deep rooted and they are their own judge and jury so will never find any wrong-doing – they only thing they’ll try to improve on is covering things up better in the future and not deal with any thorny issues.

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