Author: Mark

The FIFA Trial: Week Four – Kevin Jonas & Other Recording Stars 

The prosecution in the Fifa trial at New York’s Brooklyn Federal Court began week four expecting to rest by Wednesday. They ended week four expecting to rest by…erm…Wednesday. In-between, another week of testimony about grubby money-grabbing. Oh…and Kevin Jonas. Yes. THE Kevin Jonas. Once one of the “sexiest men alive”? From popular beat combo, the “Jonas Brothers”? No, me neither. Nevertheless, his descent from “pop-rock” super-starletdom to Fifa’s murky world promised to be a lurid tale. Jonas blamed Traffic. And the Brazilian sports marketing company (SMC) of that name edged towards the centre of attention last week, thanks to...

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Celtic: Spoiling A Party In The Champions League

“You’ll never walk alone,” verse AND chorus, resonated around Celtic Park as much as it ever could have at Anfield, the spine-tingling barely dying down even when the crowd sang the chorus too fast, as crowds always do. The PA system had been operating on the theory “if it’s too loud, you’re too old.” Yet STILL the Champions League music cowered beneath the din which greeted it, accompanied it and re-intensified when it ended…or when the TV camera operator reached the end of the team line-ups…the best/only way for many to gauge the ending. (Charles Green said he’d own...

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The FIFA Trial: Week Three 

Another day, another (multi-million) dollar (bribe story) at the “Fifa Trial” in New York’s Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, inevitably and dismally labelled “Fifa-Gate,” for the hard of thinking. The higher the bribes and laundered money, the more incredible it is (in the literal and pejorative sense) that disgraced ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter knew nothing about any of it. Did he and Fifa’s Executive Committee (ExCo) not receive financial analyses of the various rights attached to South American federation Conmebol, (Conme for, appropriate, short) World Cup qualifiers? Or, as with the detailed technical report into the bids to host the 2022...

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The FIFA Trial – Week Two

American journalists following the “Fifa Trial” in New York will surely have given thanks this thanksgiving week that proceedings finished on Tuesday because it IS thanksgiving week. The dizzying array of testified bribery has shown little sign of abating, leading some observers to wonder if there’s any money left in the sports budgets of the six implicated media companies, or how cheap pay-per-view football would be in Central and South America, if tales of the almost ritual stuffing of back pockets are remotely accurate. Some of the alleged “schemes,” as the US Department of Justice (DoJ) politely calls these...

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Football & The Law: The “FIFA Trial” – Week One

Should 280-character tweets be a thing? Dunno. However, “Buzzfeed News Reporter” Ken Bensinger has used the new limit superbly to tell as much of the whole story of the “Fifa Trial” as possible via twitter from court. In English AND Spanish. And the first week of the estimated six-week trial has been a VERY whole story. It is easy to ridicule rich Fifa grotesques and their greed for more money than they could physically spend. However, this week has been touched by tragedy and behaviour more in-keeping with the “mob trial” some observers predicted. In the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse...

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