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New Fifa same old Fifa; beware the makeover, it is just a con

By Tony Attwood

“FIFA is one of the most discredited organisations in the world 
with serial allegations of corruption plaguing almost its every 
move off-the-field in terms of management and governance.”

I think most of us can agree with that.  So when I then read that, “Football players and fans who are concerned with how world football’s governing body, FIFA, is run have been invited to join a peoples’ campaign for a new FIFA,” I thought, hey, this could be the break through.

But oh, what’s this?  It’s actually a con by FA and Fifa insiders.  It’s a conference organised by the same old same old gang, the left-overs from previous scams and stitch ups, presenting the same old Fifa in a new hat with, well basically, this bunch in charge instead of the old bunch.

Top of the revisionist tree is Fifa Presidential candidate, Jerome Champagne; the man who led the technical inspection team for the 2018/2022 World Cup Bids.  So he’s the guy who saw where the world up will be played in 40 degrees and said, sure thing, and who felt that the slave labour and feudalism were beyond his remit to comment upon.  “I was just in the technical team,” he said.  “Just following orders,” was probably his next line.

Talking to CCN World Sport Champagne said, “Blatter is not corrupt,” and you can’t get fairer than that in terms of being clear with whom you identify.  It’s a shame the headline writer trying to whip up some enthusiasm for the conference for the new fifa wasn’t told about that.   Further into his comments to CNN’s World Sport he said, “I’m not here to defend Blatter but I want him to be a responsible candidate and an efficient president.”

He added that Blatter is, “The FIFA president, according to the constitution of FIFA, he’s not a dictator,”

Next up in the new Fifa is Harold Alfred Mayne-Nicholls Secul,  also a FIFA official part of the old team

Then we have the former Chairman of the England Bid and the English FA, Lord David Triesman.   The man who at least in part is responsible for the destruction of grass roots football in England, and the fact that the FA is in such a financial mess.

And as you may recall he’s a man with a history.  For example on 16 May 2010, the Mail on Sunday revealed that a civil servant, Melissa Jacobs, had taped Triesman in a restaurant talking about bribery of referees in the 2010 world cup.  Triesman said on the recording, “There’s some evidence that the Spanish football authorities are trying to identify the referees … and pay them.”   He then was said to be resigning from the FA and England’s 2018 bid – but as far as I can see he carried on and in an effort to redeem himself gave luxury handbags to the wives of all 24 members of Fifa’s voting panel.

It’s a shame he didn’t come out with the knowledge that he had so we could have seen just how widespread match fixing was.

Of course where there is a free lunch on offer (as the launch of a new fifa to replace the old fifa will see) there will be British MPs.   “People have had enough,” said British MP, Damian Collins.  “I speak to amateur and professional players, fans, and mums and dads whose children play and love the game. It has reached the stage where FIFA is a laughing stock.   We all love the game. But we all detest how it’s run.”

And yes, I’d agree, which is why it is a shame that Collins also said that the “Brussels Summit” which is in effect a rally to support Champagne, “is the first vital step in making a new Fifa a reality.

“We don’t intend to talk about what is wrong with Fifa, as we all know what’s wrong. The experience since the Presidential election in 2011 – when we were promised things would change – shows that Fifa is incapable of reforming itself. But we also know that Fifa’s problems go much further back than that.”

But Fifa doesn’t need to reform itself.  Champagne has said so.

And then laughably the MP said, “We want to see football governed by people who make decisions and take action in a transparent manner, and who are held accountable in the best interests of the sport and civil society.”   Like Triesman for example.

The reality is Fifa is so utterly corrupt that anyone who has been part of it and has not resigned, making clear statements about the corruption, is suspect.

The reality of the England bid is that it was a total farce, and wasted a huge amount of money on a campaign that could never be won – money that could have gone into grassroots football in England.  Anyone associated with it is suspect.

The reality is that the FA is a grossly incompetent organisation, that is so inept that even when it is given huge sums of money by Sports England, to spend on grass roots football, its incompetence is so overwhelming that it fails to do anything, has the money taken away again, and as an excuse blames the weather.  Anyone associated with it is suspect.

The reality of international football is that it takes, takes and takes again from the clubs that provides the players, and returns the players injured.  (Mr Wenger once compared them to dodgy second hand car salesmen which seems just about right).

What we need is for international football to be taken back to a much more basic level, playing just occasional matches at the end of each season, leaving the real football to the clubs.   Yes we do need Fifa to be wound up, but not to be replaced by old timers who have already screwed up big time, and wanna be’s who are supportive of the current regime.

There is still the hope that the American FBI examination of Fifa and its rampant corruption will blow the whole thing apart and get most of the gang long prison sentences.  That could help.

Classic Untold

 Germany stands tall while pathetic FA still want us in Fifa

Fifa: the con artists whose victims just love to be conned

 

11 comments to New Fifa same old Fifa; beware the makeover, it is just a con

  • nicky

    When ever I read something promising about FIFA, I keep recalling the comment made by my great grandfather in 1940, nearing death, just before his 95th birthday and a couple of weeks before the Germans occupied his homeland.
    “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Damned Tony you are ruining my dreams.

    I got an invitation for the meeting in my mail box today and it was in Brussels so not that far for me. Maybe they wanted to offer me the job of being responsible for the refs?

    But after reading all this I’m not that sure that I want to be associated with this bunch. There goes my free meal…. 😉

  • Hey Walter, so you were planning to dine with the devil? Thank you Tony, for saving Walter for us! In case you still want to go ahead, please go with a very long spoon….

  • Gunnerjoe

    It’s the old lay with dogs come away with flies problem stay away Walter

  • Jerry

    @Tony,

    Don’t forget the presidential candidate from Jordan, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. Looks like former players were also invited Beckham, Cantona, and TH14

  • omgarsenal

    Walter,far be it for me to prode you in the wrong direction BUT that said, it would be awesome and extremely instructive to learn what went on in this charade you’ve been invited to….I’d go, just for the free meal and booze or whatever. Maybe you’ll actually get something useful out of this experience,like a nice FIFA shoulderbag with Septic Blatterfulls face on it?

  • Pat

    Definitely go, Walter. You of all people deserve some free food and drink in the name of football. And omg is right, you never know what you might find out.

  • john

    Walter, it would be good for you to go and discover what really takes place. I would trust your discretion about how much to eat and drink in the cause of transparency.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Yes , Walter , do go . Be our fly on the wall and gather information that will help put an UA nail in FIFA’s coffin !

    @ Gunnerjoe -January 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm – I thought it was fleas that you get up with ! How mangy has this dog to be to attract flies ?

  • Brickfields Gunners

    And speaking of the not too bright …

    A policeman was interrogating 3 blondes who were training to become detectives. To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, he shows the first blonde a picture for 5 seconds and then hides it.
    “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

    The first blonde answers, “That’s easy, we’ll catch him fast because he only has one eye!”

    The policeman says, “Well…uh…that’s because the picture shows his PROFILE.”

    Slightly flustered by this ridiculous response, he flashes the picture for 5 seconds at the second blonde and asks her, “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

    The second blonde giggles, flips her hair and says, “Ha! He’d be too easy to catch because he only has one ear!”

    The policeman angrily responds, “What’s the matter with you two? Of course only one eye and one ear are SHOWING because it’s a picture of his profile!! Is that the best answer you can come up with?”

    Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the third blonde and in a very testy voice asks, “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

    He quickly adds “…think hard before giving me a stupid answer.”

    The blonde looks at the picture intently for a moment and says, “Hmmmm…the suspect wears contact lenses.”

    The policeman is surprised and speechless because he really doesn’t know himself if the suspect wears contacts or not. “Well, that’s an interesting answer…wait here for a few minutes while I check his file and I’ll get back to you on that.”

    He leaves the room and goes to his office, checks the suspect’s file in his computer, and comes back with a beaming smile on his face. “Wow! I can’t believe it…it’s TRUE! The suspect does in fact wear contact lenses. Good work! How were you able to make such an astute observation?”

    “That’s easy,” the blonde replied. “He can’t wear regular glasses because he only has one eye and one ear!”