By Tony Attwood
“Spectre is less likely to be corrupt than Fifa.”
And what do we find? Hawit succeeded Jeffrey Webb in May this year after Webb was arrested as part of the first US operation against Fifa.
Now it maybe that New Fifa actually did investigate Hawit and gave him a clean bill of health, and that just shows their incompetence. But maybe also they just took the next man in the queue without any investigation as to his probity. Or maybe there is no one in Fifa who is untouched.
So, it is interesting to see what Issa Hayatou, president of Fifa this week, had to say. He said about Hawit and the process of selecting him, ”
I put the full stop in at the end, although he may not have used one. He also said that fifa was not corrupt and that all the problems were down to a few naughty boys.
So, let’s take that as the possible truth. That shows Fifa is incompetent at weeding them out. Which means we have only two logical positions: Fifa is Corrupt or Fifa in incompetent.
No, hold that. Maybe there are three: Fifa is corrupt and incompetent.
Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, said “There are lots of people in Fifa for more than 20 or 30 years that have not been accused of anything.” He has been in there for over 20 years.
The new president of Fifa could be Sheikh Salman – a member of the Bahraini royal family of whom the Guardian has said, and I quote exactly because I don’t want to end up like some of his subjects “has been personally accused by various human rights groups of heading up a committee which identified pro-democracy athletes, many of whom were tortured.”
Now the point is, the FA are still dealing with this organisation, which to my mind makes them co-conspirators. If you deal with a crook, criminal and torturer by mistake, then you are probably just a bit silly. But to do it, knowing what he is, that makes you a part of the crime.
Meanwhile back home there is no progress in trying to get the FA to give more tickets at the FA Cup final to the supporters of the teams actually playing in the FA Cup final, although you’d think that might be a priority.
Arsenal have been running the campaign, but they are being blocked by directors on the FA board who claim to be thinking about the “national game” and “amateur football”. They get 25,000 tickets – and there is mounting evidence that each year a lot are returned to the FA along with around a quarter of the huge allocation that goes to FA councillors to give to their chums (probably in Fifa).
Curiously the FA has a “head of customer insight”, Ross Antrobus, who has done some research to see what we all think of the FA. They found “a lot of indifference” to the FA. Which is a shame, because it means Untold’s solo campaign to have the FA wound up and chucked in the Thames isn’t getting very far.
The vice-chair of the FA, Roger Burden, recently said in a letter to members of the FA, “It is clear many of the groups researched are not appreciating a lot of the work being done in support of referees, coaches and leagues. Martin Glenn told us he will be looking into the causes and checking to see if we can learn from those organisations that are perceived as doing better than us.”
If Martin Glenn asks me, I shall let him know what I think.
Around 100 people have been given notice to quit their jobs by the FA in the past three months as it desperately tries to get itself out of the financial hole into which it has dug itself. If only they keep this process going then ultimately there will be no FA.
Which could be quite good.