Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Do You Think FIFA Is Corrupt?

On the UK Guardian: Fifa's Jack Warner resigns and claims Chuck Blazer 'undermined' him

  • ...Warner had been suspended last month pending an investigation into allegations made by the executive committee member Chuck Blazer, who worked as Concacaf's general secretary under Warner for two decades, that he and the Fifa presidential challenger Mohamed bin Hammam had offered financial incentives to members of the Caribbean Football Union.....

    World football's governing body released a statement on Monday which read: "Jack A Warner has informed Fifa about his resignation from his posts in international football. Fifa regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner's decision.

    "His resignation has been accepted by world football's governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the Concacaf confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.

    "Mr Warner is leaving Fifa by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad &Tobago as a cabinet minister and as the chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government.

    "The Fifa executive committee, the Fifa president and the Fifa management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, Concacaf and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.

    "As a consequence of Mr Warner's self-determined resignation, all ethics committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained."
    Warner said: "This is giving the impression that Fifa is sanitising itself. I've been hung out to dry continually and I'm not prepared to take that."

    Warner and fellow Fifa member Bin Hammam were suspended last month after they were accused of giving or offering bribes of $40,000 (£24,500) to the 25 members of the CFU. The total sum involved was £1m according to a report to the Fifa ethics committee.....
Let me get this correct... Warner was accused of offering bribes $40,000 (£24,500) to the 25 members of the CFU and because Warner resigned...FIFA is dropping all charges against him... with the presumption of innocence is maintained!

What? OMG! What?

Gimme a break!

What kind of organisation is this?

Isn't the charge serious? Doesn't it undermine the integrity of FIFA? Shouldn't FIFA prove to everyone involved and more important to the whole world that is a HONEST organisation run by HONEST people? By dropping all charges, what's FIFA telling you? Well it's telling me, it's above law and at this moment, FIFA's law reckons it's ok to drop all bribery charges and as long as the person resigns and it does not matter if the bribery charge is true or false.

Or what if bribery and corruption runs much deeper within FIFA? What if a full scale investigation reveal just how badly corrupt FIFA is?

Let's see $40,000 to 25 members was the bribery claim.

Do the math.

How muchie?

That's a million dollar bribe. Think about it. If the bribery is real, surely there has to be an incentive, a profit incentive. Yes? Why bribe so much of there is no profit incentive?

Yeah, how big is the profit incentive?

Doesn't FIFA want to know?

Then I started wondering how much is that Sepp Blatter making? Why is the bugger hanging and hanging on to the FIFA presidency for decades? Why?

Then I did a simple google search on the phrase 'Sepp Blatter salary' (There's 1,400,000 search hits on this set of key words!)

And Blatter is making ONE MILLION POUNDS per annum!

I got it from the following article: FIFA: Why Blatter Must Go and Take All Members of Ex-Co with Him and the folllowing passage is interesting read:
  • ... If Sepp thinks that FIFA are simply having some difficulties then what does the suspension of four of the 24 members of the top executive committee mean? Let's make that clear, the 24-member executive committee has had four of its members suspended on allegations (two now proven) of corruption.
    All of this has occurred and developed whilst Saint Sepp has been in charge so he is guilty at best of being an idiot at worse he is part of the most corrupt sporting body in existence.

    FIFA members also live a five-star lifestyle at the expense of grassroots football. Sepp earns a basic salary of $1 million per year but he also has free use of cars, hotels and food on expenses that would shame a British MP.

    Every time Sepp spends a dollar it is one less dollar that can be spent on football development or equipment or pitches in Sierra Leone or Belize or Thailand.

    But Sepp isn't alone there are literally hundreds of people on huge salaries because they backed Sepp in the past.

    Let's remember that each five-star hotel room they use makes it much harder to employ a football/soccer coach in Africa, each meal they eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant takes goalposts away from a field in Bosnia, each first-class flight they utilise means that kids stay on the streets and in danger in South Africa.

    As FIFA is a registered charity it seems odd that its head earns so well and is treated like royalty of course, but it FIFA also only allows the World Cup to be hosted in countries if FIFA has to pay no tax. A tax dodging sporting body doesn't seem that charitable to me.

    So ignoring the corruption allegations the simple fact that Sepp has overseen FIFA in the years that it became a plaything for rich fools and overpaid politicians means that he should go
Then I did another search based on the following keywords 'Is FIFA corrupt'.


That's a 2,690,000 hit search!
Did another search. I searched 'Is Sepp Blatter corrupt' and I got the following.