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Our Business Is Our Business: The Murky World Of Jack Warner

So, while the football world focuses on the resignation of Joseph S Blatter as self-declared “president of everybody”, and (maybe) just before the words “immunity from prosecution” burst everybody’s bubble, here’s a reminder from MARK MURPHY of a week in the life of one of Blatter’s staunchest supporters. And, yes, Mark DID have to extensively bloody rewrite this at the very last minute. Thanks Sepp. Of all the names on the United States Department of Justice indictment of FIFA officials, Jack Warner’s brings the biggest smile to my face. The repugnant Warner, erstwhile FIFA vice-president, Central American CONCACAF region...

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Historical Grievances & FIFA Politics

For all the simple “good versus bad” narrative that we have heard over the last few days, weeks, months and years on the subject of FIFA and its machinations, it would be understandable if some with a more casual interest in it all were confused than anything else by the question of how the politics of global football came to be in this condition in the first place. What we understand about the re-election of Sepp Blatter as the president of the organisation is that he was largely voted back into place by the combined federations of Africa and...

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The 200% Podcast Live! FA Cup Final Special!

Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to FA Cup final on Twohundredpercent. Such has been our over-excitement at being able to master the technology of podcasting, this afternoon we are live casting the whole of the afternoon and into the evening, featuring a director’s commentary for the FA Cup edition of Pointless, predicting the result of this year’s match via the medium of video games and the whole match live. Well, running about five or ten seconds behind the actual match itself. You can join myself, Edward Carter and Richard Grinham live from two o’clock on the link below. There’s...

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FIFA 16 & The Women’s World Cup – A Great Leap Forward

If ever there was an organisation that needed a little bit of good news, that organisation would have to be the Federation of International Football Associations. As a public relations exercise, the last forty-eight hours or so couldn’t have gone much worse for FIFA, and Sepp Blatter and his now somewhat dwindled gang of merry men might yet find that things haven’t quite bottomed out yet, either. If there has been one tiny slither of good publicity for FIFA over the course of the last few days, though, the announcement that the Women’s World Cup is to be included...

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Handle With Care – FIFA & Different Flavours Of Reform

It would be something of a stretch to suggest that the events the last thirty-six hours have been a surprise to most football supporters, but this doesn’t mean that they haven’t been something of a shock. For all that we felt about the dark heart at the centre of FIFA, it has long felt as if this particular organisation had slipped some distance beyond reproach. The constant trickle of both rumour and leaked truths about its inner workings coupled with its brazenness in its dealings with just about everybody, from the general public to governments, left the feeling that...

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