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Do sponsors hate Fifa enough to put on real pressure?

The only way to get reform soon in Fifa will be through pressure from the sponsors. And even that may not work.

Adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Hyandai and Visa pour $177 million and more a year into Fifa’s coffers. 326 more words


'Splainin' things - life, death, the universe and everything.

The Boy has his preschool booster jabs this afternoon. I thought it was bad enough taking my unsuspecting 8 week old bubba along two weeks ago – there she was, happily feeding when boomf! 365 more words

Ex-US Speaker charged in relation to payments of hush money

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. 89 more words

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The human toll of FIFA’s corruption

In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer. FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible governing body of world soccer, has finally landed itself an indictment that some would say is worthy of its reputation. 653 more words


Rackets, brown envelopes and own goals, with a tactical agenda

I’ve been as delighted as anyone to see the FBI upset the rotting applecart of FIFA by arresting some key members on charges of corruption, most notably for racketeering, money laundering and bribery. 549 more words

Knighthoods for votes and other alleged FIFA misdeeds

As the US Department of Justice’s investigates the so-called “World Cup of Fraud,” in which officials from soccer’s top governing body allegedly took $150 million in bribes and kick-backs, details emerging about FIFA members are astounding. 424 more words

Blatter, Blather and Bluster

I’m the Chairman of a business software consulting group that operates in ten countries. We’re not large – around 100 staff – and we’re a relatively loose association, in that ownership differs from place to place. 421 more words