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Tag Archives: FIFA

Becks and the Qatar question

So David Beckham is donating his “huge” Paris Saint-Germain playing salary to a children’s charity. A wonderful gesture from a good man worth applauding. If only more footballers did the same maybe the world would be a much nicer place. But, given the French club’s owner is Qatar Sports Investments, the club’s president is a […]

Jack’s way or the highway

Oh, to be Jack Warner. Must be wonderful being fawned over by underlings, fanned by tropical breezes, knowing that in Trinidad, his island home, he’s practically a king. Who dares take on Teflon Jack? Who would be so foolish? Well, there is one man. The Minister of Works and Infrastructure of the Caribbean nation of […]

Investigate all FIFA ex-co members

What are the odds? In 2011 Thailand Football Association president Worawi Makudi’s name appeared on title deeds on land for a National Football Training Centre, partly developed with FIFA funds, in Bangkok. The FIFA executive committee member disgracefully escaped any sanction after providing a piece of paper with his signature on it from 2003 saying […]

Karma bites the FFA

It’s been a week since Football Federation Australia announced it would fast-track into the A-League a new Western Sydney club and the next day permanently obliterated Gold Coast United from the face of the earth. Seven days ago the FFA was strutting around like the proverbial peacock. Confident. Smarmy. The looming TV deal on which […]

FFA holds media in contempt

Media relations should be on AFC’s watch in its much-feared General Assessment Report wherein the Asian Football Confederation imposes a raft of measures on admission to the Asian Champions League, judging member federations on a bunch of criteria. An AFC member federation that earns a high score gets more spots and a Golden Wonka ticket […]

Clive digs in for the long fight

Billionaire Clive Palmer, newly anointed as one of Australia’s “National Living Treasures”, won’t rest and give the bastards the satisfaction. And why should he? What does he owe Football Federation Australia, a dysfunctional and paranoid body that, it appears, stripped him of his club licence not because he flouted the rules but because he was […]

FIFA: who would want it?

Paul Kelso has speculated in London’s Telegraph that there are “increasing signs that the president will struggle to see out his full term to 2015, and could be forced out by the end of the year” in a coup d’etat orchestrated by the man who’s been waiting in the wings for a seeming eternity: UEFA […]

Lowy owes Australia more than conspiracy talk

Frank Lowy is one of the richest men in the world. He’s also the head of Football Federation Australia and the driver of Australia’s disastrous World Cup bid. So when he made the comment recently that “the last word hasn’t been heard yet” on the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Middle […]

Ronaldo appointment a clanger

Well, it was always threatening to be an organisational disaster. Now it’s just about a sure thing, with three-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo (pictured, behind booty) installed as the new head of the organising committee for Brazil 2014. His appointment comes at the behest of the embattled Ricardo Teixeira, the president of the […]

Blatter’s heart of darkness

Could this be the straw that broke the camel’s back? Will Sepp Blatter’s latest atrocity against decency finally see him do the right thing by the “football family” and resign his post as FIFA president? No. The indestructible old codger will ride this out like he has everything else. He might apologise but he won’t […]