England’s World Cup Bid Failure: What Andrew Jennings Missed Out Upon

Ian Wright said in the Sun newspaper on December 3rd: “I would love to see some proper investigations into FIFA rather than this Jennings bloke shouting at people.” And Wright has been calling for such investigations for hours, going back to 4pm on December 2nd. Instead of just shouting at people, investigative journalist Andrew Jennings should have delved deep into the workings of FIFA. Then he could have found enough information for a 400-page book, exposing, to pick some examples purely at random, the bribes, vote-rigging and ticket scandals in the secret world of FIFA. Rather than just shouting at people. He could have detailed the extensive shenanigans surrounding the award of World Cup credit-card sponsorship to Visa, in breach of incumbent agreements with MasterCard. He could have detailed the resultant sacking of FIFA’s head of marketing, Jerome Valcke, for lying to both companies during negotiations, and FIFA’s statement declaring that they “cannot possibly accept such conduct among (their) own employees.” He could then have detailed the £45m cost to FIFA when they had to settle the issue out of court, and FIFA’s appointment, six days later, of their new general secretary, the senior administrator in world football… erm… Jerome Valcke. Instead of just shouting at people. And if Jennings and Panorama were so sure of their FIFA corruption claims, why wait until three days before the World Cup...

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