Panorama: The Right Programme At The Right Time


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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17 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Excellent article.

    What a pity the cretins completely missing the point include the wretched Andy Anson, the FA, the PM and the future King.

  2. piggeh says:

    Just one comment – I think that Sepp Blatter had a point when he called the Sunday Times Exposé as unfair. Because, if I recall correctly, there was several hours of footage showing those Fifa members but the Sunday Times did not release the rest of it to put it into context.

  3. Jertzee says:

    “What a pity the cretins completely missing the point include the wretched Andy Anson, the FA, the PM and the future King.” – future King? Who? Beckham??

  4. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Missing out on the 2018 World Cup is a miniscule price to pay, and once well worth paying, if it results in the death of the Bletchley Stealers Pro-Soccer Franchise.

  5. Steve says:

    William the pretend Villa fan, Jertzee

  6. Joe says:

    Very good article. There was one point I wanted to draw out.

    An interesting development is that the IOC, which I believe Hayatou also serves as a governor, is about to begin its own investigation into the allegations.

    We all know that FIFA is as bent as a £9 note, and were those people implicated just linked to FIFA and it left entirely up to them, it might turn out to be a different story. They could cite the age of the alleged corruption and generally draw a veil over the whole thing. How else could one explain how the loathesome Jack Warner is still a part of FIFA?

    However, if the IOC’s investigation concludes that Hayatou is guilty, then that may place FIFA in a precarious position.

    If Hayatou is found guilty by a fellow global sporting governing body, will FIFA’s hand be forced and will they have to act on the allegations against the other members implicated? I would hope so. Then, would that not taint the whole voting process about to be undertaken, ensuring it would have to be conducted again, in public, with openness and transparency? I would hope so.

    Now everyone knows that FIFA is a wholly corrupt organisation, but should the IOC find Hayatou guilty, surely they wouldn’t be so daft as to implicate themselves through inaction or vaciliation.

    Hope springs eternal I suppose.

  7. Chris P says:

    Excellent article. You can’t really be surprised with the spinelessness of our politicians when they’re in such a rush to defend FIFA’s corrupt actions that they make up words like “disbenefits”.

  8. Adam says:

    Great article, I really thought it could have done with an hour to cover all the topics, rather than rushing through them in half an hour.

  9. Great post. I agree with pretty much all of it. Critically, I think that, as you say, the Panorama documentary has highlighted a bigger issue. Namely, the role of journalism as a watchdog for society, a means of holding self-governing organisations like FIFA to account. It is in the public’s interest for corruption to be exposed and others should follow the example that Jennings has set.

    It was disheartening to hear what Gerry Sutcliffe had to say, too. This attitude of acceptance towards FIFA’s corruption is what has allowed it to spread so far. I am with you, I would rather England lose the bid on the back of the pursuit of exposing the truth than pander to Blatter and his bent cronies.

  10. Martin says:

    9 (now 10!) comments on this.

    900 on the Beeb for “Does Wayne Rooney look fat in a red shirt”?

    Sadly no-one gives a shit. “Don’t rock the boat!” We want the World Cup etc. etc.

  11. William says:

    Inspirational writing. The demands that FIFA makes of the host nation’s government I find to be quite extraordinary. To refuse to pay tax on income generated from the tournament, when the country staging it has invested staggering sums of money, is shameful. It’s also hypocritical of FIFA to impose itself upon government policy in such a way, given the tough stance the federation takes on government interference in football.

    I also agree that the half-hour format doesn’t give Panorama enough time to fully explore its topic. That’s a scheduling issue for which the BBC could be taken to task, instead of it being castigated for choosing to broadcast investigative journalism at all in this instance.

  12. Rich B says:

    Its amazing that an allegation against officials taking over $100million in bribes ten years ago is dismissed so readily by Blatter, as announced today. No investigations are needed according to FIFA.

    Where has the ‘transparency’ rhetoric gone Sepp?

    Maybe get your old mate Seb Coe to chair his first meeting of the ethics committee – he was only appointed nearly 3 years ago!

  13. Rich B says:


    The IOC has had legislation passed by the British government for 2012 to the same effect – exempt from Corp tax and VAT. Unfortunately, FIFA did the same for SA 2010.

  14. Mark Murphy says:

    Just a quick point of fact. Hayatou allegedly received 100,000 FRANCS not dollars. About $12,000 the last time I looked. Sorry ’bout that.

    And, yes, Wayne Rooney does look fat in a red shirt.

  15. Rob says:

    It’s just a shame that the FA, the government, the bid team and the tabloid press prefer jingoism and national pride over honesty and transparency in international football.

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