By Tony Attwood
As you will know if you are a regular reader of Untold, there is a major crisis facing Fifa through the trial happening in Switzerland which pitches Infantino, the head of Fifa against the Swiss state.
Now we have had the court decisions in Trinidad and Tobago in which for the first time ever a national court has taken on Fifa and challenged their rule that Fifa is above the law of individual countries.
Of course UK journalists are not reporting any of this for the simple reason that they have a massive invested interest in Fifa keeping going in its present form. These journalists care more about their jollies that the world cup matches mean; a trip to an interesting foreign country, lots of expenses, nice hotels, free access to big time football matches. To be fair, would you expose the mega corruption of the organisation running the show if it meant that you would stop having all those freebies?
Maybe you would, especially if we add to the mix the fact that the next World Cup will be held in stadia that have been built using slave labour, as we have discussed in numerous articles. Of course we are just a little blog doing our own thing, but if you want verification try this article, or this one from a different source. There are many more – just type “Slave labour Qatar” into a search engine. You’ll see what football journalists are deliberately ignoring.
But what this implies is that if you can’t trust the football journalists over their reporting of Fifa organised games, how can you trust them when it comes to anything else?
Meanwhile on a different front the Sun (yes, I know, even the Sun) has recently run the headline “Man Utd and Liverpool in talks over creating £4.6bn European Premier League with Fifa after failed Project Big Picture.”
That is worrying because of late we’ve seen Uefa as the last bastion against Fifa and its huge levels of corruption, that is left within football. OK I know Uefa screwed up the fight against Manchester City by not getting the case heard in time. But hopefully they are now re-writing their rules so that where information comes into the public domain late, they are still able to take action. But otherwise, the number of people working with Uefa who have been found to be corrupt since Infantino left to head up Fifa, has been small, if not any.
On the other hand the number of people involved in corruption since Infantino went to Fifa seems to have multiplied endlessly. Which suggests that if Fifa pushes Uefa aside and takes over the running of a European Premier League, we could have the people who are being brought to the fore in corruption trials relating to Fifa, gaining full control over yet another competition. In such circumstances would you trust Fifa appointed referees?
Given the way that the Football Association in England (itself with a long history of dubious dealings, ranging from sucking up to Fifa in a desperate attempt to get another world cup in England, through to being severely reprimanded and rebuked by everyone in England from the Charities Commission to Sport England, while ceaselessly accepting PGMO as the arbiter of good refereeing) behave, we may imagine that they will welcome the Fifa backed European Premier League.
The announcement of this league comes just at a time that news is leaking out that the owners of Liverpool have looked at the model developed by the City Football Group (owners of Manchester City New York City, Melbourne City, and goodness knows how many others) and at the Red Bull sports clubs (RB Leipzig, New York Red Bulls, FC Red Bull Salzburg etc etc etc), and are now planning their own group.
Will Arsenal have a chance to survive with a third megagroup of clubs out there? Almost certainly yes, but will Arsenal have a chance to win anything against this kind of competition? Probably not. We’ve already seen how Manchester City behave, and the Red Bull rebranding of the clubs they take over. None of this has nothing to do with Arsenal’s traditions.
Of course Arsenal could resist, but given that the media in this country kowtows to the antics of Fifa by refusing to comment on the ongoing corruption trials in Switzerland, and sees nothing of interest in one small country finally standing up to Fifa, and has always refused to take the mega-issues surrounding PGMO seriously, I suspect not.
The slippery slope has arrived. The problem is that because the media is not reporting it, most fans won’t realise what has happened to their clubs until it is far, far, far too late.
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