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Football gang-raped by its officials, but Blatter still won’t go

May 27, 2015

There are a lot of headlines, but is anybody really surprised?

A dozen corrupt schemes have been found by the US justice authorities, including the award of the 2010 World Cup.. But that is only those schemes which have a clear US connection. What about all the others? There is absolutely no probability that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were not also awarded according to the existing practices. That Qatar have bought their World Cup is an open secret. That money has changed hands to reschedule the championship to the winter is not so surprising either. The Qatar World Cup will have the highest number of deaths per goal than any previous championship. That the sponsorships and TV rights will generate more money than any previous games is also certain. Every sponsor has paid millions in kick-backs or in bribes to get the exposure that they have wanted. There is probably not a single FIFA contract which has not also had a side-stream of monies channelled through the sticky fingers of the administrators.

But Sepp Blatter denies any involvement and the FIFA spokesman has the nerve to say that “this is good for football and for FIFA”. FIFA is quickly distancing itself and blaming the “rogues” who have abused their trust, but there is little credibility left in FIFA. So we shall probably see Blatter re-elected on Friday. Even if Blatter loses the election, the institutionalised practices will continue. Nothing will be done to withdraw the championships in 2018 and 2022 from Russia or from Qatar.

And the existing practices will continue. The gang-rape of football by its administrators will not end anytime soon.


BBC graphic

And the abuse is not limited to administrators.

We heard also today that David Lagercrantz, the ghostwriter of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic autobiography, I am Zlatan , admitted that the book was just all a big lie. All the quotations were just made up by the ghost-writer. The whole book was just fiction, a novel – not an autobiography.

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