Category: Politics

FIFA: The Repugnant Jack Warner – Justice At Last?

“Inside World Football” website editor Paul Nicholson recently wrote that repugnant former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner was “believed to be one of the kingpins at the centre of the corruption within Fifa and his own regional confederation.” That “belief” is strong among Fifa corruption observers. The only problem with proving it in court is getting him to court, as Warner has fought a two-year Trinidad and Tobago High Court campaign against extradition to the United States, where he has been sought since the famous 20th May 2015 US Department of Justice indictments against Fifa officials. However, he recently lost...

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Football & The Law: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

America’s late-night “genuine fake news” programme “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has a segment called “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” speed-covering the swarm of news items part-caused by “Donald Trump did WHAT?” tales. “Ain’t nobody” had full time for the football legal stories which have taken significant turns this week. There I was, researching repugnant Fifa ex-Vice-President Jack Warner’s legal attempts to escape justice for his repugnant criminality (sod “allegedly,” he couldn’t lie in bed straight, that man) when, suddenly… Blackpool, the “Paradise Papers,” Fifa and the “Paradise Papers” again. Fascinating revelations, affirming football peoples’ flaky relationship...

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The FA, Watford & A Woman’s Place

It’s probably reasonable to say that, following the severe criticism that the Football Association has been receiving of late over the Eni Aluko matter (and, as though this even needs to be said, deservedly so), the relationship between men and women’s football isn’t in a terribly healthy place at the moment. As such, the decision of Watford FC to pull the funding from its women’s team and demote it down to a regional amateur level probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for the game’s governing body. The phrase “institutionally racist” came up more than once during the...

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FA Fluff and Other F…oul Ups

It’s a running joke on English comedian John Oliver’s American cable TV show “Last Week Tonight.” Footage of Trump telling consecutive lies, with Oliver declaring “WE GOT HIM!” to cue huge celebrations. But…they hadn’t “got him.” Trump lies don’t matter. “He didn’t know what he was talking about. I thought that was meaningful,” Oliver concluded, his voice tailing-off in near-despair. I was as near-despairing when England’s Football Association hierarchy received the backing of their board, despite their woeful showing in parliament on October 18th. FA chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and human resources...

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Mark Sampson, The FA & A Tale of Two Media

On 19th September, I watched England’s women players descending en masse towards their then-manager Mark Sampson after their opening goal in a World Cup qualifying victory over Russia. “**** off,” I cried. Harsh. But I can explain. The neatly-worked goal was neither hugely special against a hapless defence, nor vital to England’s qualification hopes…five more followed before the night was through. So, the dugout invasion was less a goal celebration than a show of solidarity with the under-pressure Sampson. BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce revealed what was happening (seconds before it happened…which we’ll leave for now). And he proclaimed, correctly (though...

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