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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Corruption in FIFA

Walter de Gregorio, the communications officer of FIFA defended his organisation as best he could against the US Attorney General's assertion that corruption was rampant, systemic, and deep rooted. Indeed to listen to de Gregorio was to believe that it was business as usual for Blatter and the other executives confirming that the venues for the next two World Cups will remain Russia and Qatar.
Scandal has followed Blatter for years but nothing is ever done despite his arrogant denials; the stench of corruption must be overwhelming.
The surprise was that it took the US FBI to bring charges, not any of the big European FAs, an idea shared with Declan Hill a Canadian journalist who has written about corruption in football.
This blog, as early as 2010, suggested that the English FA took matters into their own hands and organised a new World Cup, inviting teams from around the world, leaving Russia and Qatar to contend both finals in 2018 and 2022. See here

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