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All is perfect in fifa’s world



By Walter Broeckx

Another lovely page seems to be written in the lovely way of perfect live as it is according to Fifa.

A few days ago claims have been made about Australia’s team bidding to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. They seem to have been given some gifts to try and influence votes. It was said that the Football Federation of Australia had been given jewellery to the wives of Fifa executive committee members. And also that Australia had paid for the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 team to fly to Cyprus. The FFA paid the trip for a training camp in 2009 before the world cup where the Australian team and the Trinidad and Tobago team joined each other in the training camp and the Australians paid the bill. Well it didn’t help both teams when it came to football as both ended last in their group.

But it will have been a coincidence that Trinidad and Tobago is the home association of Fifa vice-president Jack Warner. Warner who has a string of allegations behind him in regards to all sorts of corruption is the head of Concacaf, the North American and Caribbean football association, and has a lot of influence when it comes to the voting on which country will have the world cup in 2018 and 2022. The Concacaf holds 3 of the 24 votes in this matter.

The claims were that the Football Federation of Australia had given necklaces to the wives of Fifa executive committee members. And it is this executive committee members which votes and decide  which country should host the next world cups.

In the Fifa rules it is written that it is forbidden to give valuable gifts to people who are connected with the voting process to ensure impartiality. But as all “good” laws there is some room for a grey area as it is allowed to give gifts which have a symbolic or incidental value.

FFA chairman Ben Buckley denied the claims and said that the jewellery was handed out at a dinner and is completely above board. He said, “ it is a widely accepted  common practice among governments, many business and sporting organisations to provide symbolic gifts, to visiting international delegations.”

So FFA says that the necklaces are symbolic gifts. Why didn’t they tell the world that the necklaces had not value at all. Maybe they were made from plastic?

A problem is that in Australia there is a Bribery Act which strictly says that it is illegal to spend Australian government money on bribes, gifts, holidays, and so on. And as the FFA is using money from the Australian government for the bidding process, they have to consider the Bribery Act and have broken at least the Australian laws. This is a matter for the internal justice of Australia but one could wonder how the Australian tax payer likes it that his money is spent on necklaces given to already wealthy people just to allow them to make even more money.

Not only is there a problem with the laws but one could also ask the questions to the moral standards. That money from the government could have been used for other things. And maybe in the total budget of Australia it isn’t much but for poorer countries who want to host a world cup it can be a big difference for the population.

But let us stick to Fifa as they have announced that after a very short and thorough investigation (this last bit was in sarcastic mode), they found nothing wrong. What a surprise. Fifa have told the FFA that no rules have been broken. Also the fact that the FFA have offered a few millions to some football federations in Africa, Oceania and Asia was no problem for Fifa. I think Fifa will qualify them also as symbolic gifts. “Paying money to other organisations”, I don’t know how this sounds to you but if this doesn’t sound like bribery then nothing is bribery any more.

To me the fact that Fifa sees nothing wrong in what the Australian have done shows once again that Fifa is a rotten organisation. And it also poses questions on the other bidding countries. What have they done and have been given that we don’t know? Fifa doesn’t mind that you try to bribe their members as long as they can tell it was a symbolic or incidental gift it is fine for them.

So Fifa is not only an organisation which takes over the justice department in the country where they organise a world cup. It can decide single handedly if people should be put in jail or not. No it is also an organisation which allows bribery, as long as it is symbolic and incidental, and as the judge said in court it is an organisation which tells lies, lies and even more lies.

So yes I always believe the bunch of lie-telling people from Fifa when they tell the world that nothing was wrong with the way the FFA was acting. (just to be sure – this part was also in very, very sarcastic mode)

I really hope that some investigative journalist in Belgium or Holland finds something that throws Belgium and Holland out of the bidding race. Even if the gifts were only cheese, chocolate or Belgian beer.  I don’t mind what, but please anything that keeps Fifa and their corrupt members out of my country is welcome.

Could you imagine Fifa letting the player pose before the game with the slogan: “Say NO to corruption”. And I think they even would have the guts to do it as well. After all, all is perfect in Fifa’s world.

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9 comments to All is perfect in fifa’s world

  • Micheal

    a writer called mark brus who alwayz write bullshit under arsenal-mania.com also falls into these FIFA satan organisation. so called arsenal fan but discriminately insults arsene wenger n his players all the time… the last article he wrote was “Arsenal is the Spain of the World Cup, Man Utd is Germany”. thts the last time im gonna surf tht website… im sory to vent my frustration on an unrelated article on related issue… but mr.Tony, can u find out more abt this guy n screw him up?

  • walter

    Well Micheal you can be sure I will not insult any Arsenal players or Arsene Wenger. 😉

  • Sriram

    Totally stunned by such a reaction by FIFA. But, have we not seen the UEFA also succumbing to such things, take our current case for example, Barcelona tap up our player, UEFA clearly sees this, same with Real ta

  • Mayur

    I wouldn’t like to quote any thing on the Necklace issue.

    But as far as giving money to other countries is concerned, i don’t think we should complain much about it as long as it is used for the the right purpose, i.e., for the development of football.

  • walter

    Mayur,
    that is part of the question : will it be used for the right purpose?
    Will, let us say Jack Warner use the money for football education? If no one heard of this payements, where will the money end up?

    And another thing: Fifa investigates if there is some kind of bribery being done of its own members.
    That looks like asking a catched thief to do the investigation instead of the police.

    And why allow incidental and symbolic gifts? This is just an escape route to make sure that gifts are being handed over to the executive members of Fifa.

  • Rhys Jaggar

    Ah but you see Walter, Pep Guardiola in the Spain camp isn’t tapping up, is it, it’s just a social call.

    I’m surprised to read of this flagrant breach of contract law, in that I’m sure Senor Guardiola would ring up Arsene Wenger if he wanted to buy Fabregas.

    But then I heard that the story was in the Daily Star, so I realised it was just made up lies.

    You should buy a copy one time you come to our country. It’s a daily breach of the Trades Description Act for the term newspaper. Because ‘news’ usually must enjoy some basis in fact.

    Whereas almost all football stories in the Star are plain lies.

  • Samuel

    Why can,t the English FA or the Spanish La Liga implement goal line technology before the start of the 2010/11 season in their respective leagues ,what,s actually preventing this move ?

  • Kevin

    It was only a short time ago that the English FA was in trouble over the same issue when they gave the wives of a visiting delegation, amongst other things, Burberry handbags. The surprise was that there was trouble at all as gifts like these have always been part of the bidding process for the World Cup and the Olympics. All of sudden – and after the event – Blatter, Warner and co got on their high horses and complained that such gifts were an insult. Apparently the insult was not because Burberry accessories have been adopted by chavs. No it was something to do with it being an insult to their integrity. Ha!

    Bidding associations only do this because it’s what has always happened. In the past if you didn’t offer “sweeteners” to the visitors, the lack of gifts would have been the insult! The big nations have always courted the small ones through legitimised bribery, the most obvious being the “you vote for us and we’ll build a soccer school” but it goes far beyond that with any manner of projects apparently being paid for, many of which will turn out to benefit companies and individuals associated with the delegates rather than their sports. The small associations turn up waving a shopping list and see who offers the best inducement.

  • JIm

    Samuel

    No member association can introduce new rules or major procedural changes without the approval of FIFA. If they act unilaterally their national team and clubs can be barred from any FIFA approved tournaments so England could be excluded from the European championship and the World Cup while English clubs would be excluded from the Champions League/Europa League etc. The price for participation is an agreement to abide by a common set of rules. Experiments with ideas like using 5 officials in the Europa League only happen because they are approved at the top.

    I think almost everyone must know this by now but the FIFA Rules Committee still consists of 4 delegates from FIFA (who always vote together) and one each from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. When the Home Nations so magnanimously allowed Johnny Foreigner to play our game this might have seemed reasonable although at first I believe FIFA only got two votes.

    Nowadays this committee is a joke because FIFA’s (non-UK) delegates have to decide privately elsewhere how their four delegates will vote, making any official Rules Committee discussion almost certainly pointless. By trying to hold on to power over “our” game, the UK associations have actually rendered themselves impotent.

    When new technology was last considered the English and Scottish associations voted for but the Welsh and Northern Irish associations voted with FIFA so it was rejected.