FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland

Discussion in 'World Football' started by Art Morte6, May 27, 2015.

  1. Ataturk

    Ataturk ★★★★★

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    Now for a revote on the Russia and Qatar World Cups. Now what European country would have all the infrastructure in place to host one at relatively little expense? Can't think.
     
  2. Nick_LFC

    Nick_LFC Bob and Phil from Brazil!

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    Ukraine, take it off russia and give it to ukraine, it would be hilarious.
     
  3. kwala

    kwala TIA Regular

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    Blatter going is the best thing that could possibly have happened to football.
     
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  4. Dhoff3

    Dhoff3 TIA Squad Member

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    I think Qatar is almost certainly gone at this point. I feel like Russia will stay.
     
  5. Maria

    Maria The Misfit one

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    Who are the trustworthy candidates to choose from though ?

    For some strange reason is that, I think Qatar will get away with it and host the World Cup.
     
  6. Art Morte6

    Art Morte6 Active Member

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    Great news!

    Now, let's see what candidates we get. No thanks to Platini, he feels like a part of the same circle Blatter was in. That Prince Ali guy didn't convince me. A co-presidency with Maradona and Pele is the way to go, imo.
     
  7. kwala

    kwala TIA Regular

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    That would be EPIC! Imagine the Parties with one president spending his backhanders on Coke and the blowing his on Viagra! I want to join FIFA should that ever happen! ;-)
     
  8. Herb

    Herb Well-Known Member

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    Platini is about as incompetent as they come, it baffles me how he got to where he is. Hopefully he'll be ousted from UEFA soon enough.

    Luis Figo was very impressive in his election campaign. I hope he considers standing again.
     
  9. RedCanuck099

    RedCanuck099 Well-Known Member

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    Give 2022 to Canada!
     
  10. LiverpoolRed

    LiverpoolRed Come on Redmen!!

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    Good riddance to Sepp Blather (though not for another six-nine months). Money talks, BS walks. FIFA have a golden opportunity to get things right.
     
  11. Hope in your heart

    Hope in your heart Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts... Admin

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    Yeah it's admittedly a quite special form of 'democracy'...

    Seen that Blatter has quit his job, which comes as a surprise for me. Well, good riddance anyway, but I doubt that his successor will be any better.

    Big money produces big greed, and thus corruption. I for one can't see this equation change anytime soon.
     
  12. geebo

    geebo Bekloppt ! (German for loopy)

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    Platini is bad news. He has been in a personal battle with Blatter for years to see who could put on the biggest spectacle "CL v WC". Platini`s ideas for the CL and football in general have been a bit strange at times.

    FIFA really need a reform character. A business man who can clean out the massive bung/ kickback/ bribe culture, someone who can bring in new structures, that are transparent. Also a separation of the FIFA ruling body, and the body that gives the contracts for venues and which should be run by transparent rules and regulations.

    oh yes, I almost forgot... Blatter is STILL there until the elections which could be as last as March- 10 months time. Just long enough to destroy the evidence ?
     
  13. LiverpoolRed

    LiverpoolRed Come on Redmen!!

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    I don't trust Platini. He spoke of "enough is enough" but then didn't hesitate to chum it up with Blather when he won. It wasn't the "oh crap, you again" kind of body language you'd expect. Someone else for Prez
     
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  14. Limiescouse

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    I think only Putin infused political strife can take away the cup from Russia at this stage. Qatar I think is a more more plausible case, not least because their bid was for a summer tournament. The problem is that people like Platini voted for Qatar.
     
  15. Limiescouse

    Limiescouse Well-Known Member

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    One of Figo's points on his manifesto was to split the world cup into two, each hosted in a separate country with the winner of each coming together to play. It's an awful idea.
     
  16. DEVGRU

    DEVGRU Banned for the umpteenth time

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    I am happy Blatter has taken the decision to stand down..his daughter coming out to defend him was the last straw for me...

    He has allowed corruption to manifest itself so badly in FIFA, it's so shameful...not to say corruption did not exist before his presidency.

    Qatar and Russia have to go...and there should be a re-vote..and an open book and a clean slate...

    And the garcia report must be made public..

    The voting process must be changed...good people brought in to oversee a change in how FIFA is run and more transparency...
     
  17. RMP

    RMP TIA First Team

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    King Kenny for President
     
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  18. Quagmire81

    Quagmire81 TIA Regular

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    Maybe we see an WC in Europe in the near future again :-)
     
  19. Limiescouse

    Limiescouse Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the next one in 2018.
     
  20. RaoulDuke

    RaoulDuke Wind-Down Merchant

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    A miracle!
    Blatter is going to step down!
    The prosecution/FBI are closing in on him.
    Otherwise a guy like this wouldn't not resign 5 days after he was re-elected.

    And now give the next two world cups to england and australia, who were supposed to win them.

    @geebo:
    I'm not sure if a businessman would be the right choice to clean things up.
    Most of them normally have profit maximisation as their main priority.
    And could walk into the same trap (corruption).
    It might take an incorruptible zealot to resist temptation, caus FIFA at the moment seems to be a self-service shop for greedy old men.
     
  21. won it at-a-turk stadium

    won it at-a-turk stadium TIA Regular

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    He'll run for president again no doubt
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    "Blatter, who is Blatter? My name is Guy Incognito"
     
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  22. Hope in your heart

    Hope in your heart Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts... Admin

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    Not sure about this. My take on what caused him to step down is the following:

    Adidas - the German sportswear firm has been supplying the official match ball for all Fifa World Cup tournament matches since 1970. Also involved in all other Fifa events, such as the Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, and the Fifa U-20 World Cups for women and men.

    Coca-Cola - the US soft drinks firm is one of the longest-standing corporate partners of Fifa, with a formal association since 1974 and an official sponsorship of the Fifa World Cup that began in 1978. Coca-Cola has had stadium advertising at every Fifa World Cup since 1950.

    Gazprom - the Russian energy giant signed up with Fifa in 2013 as a partner for all competitions in the period of 2015 to 2018, including the 2018 Fifa World Cup, which is due to take place in Russia for the first time. (The firm is also an official partner of the Uefa Champions League 2012 to 2015).

    Hyundai/Kia - the South Korean carmaker began its Fifa alliance in 1999, in a deal to sponsor 13 Fifa competitions including the 2002 World Cup, an agreement extended to the 2006 event. It again backed the 2010 World Cup and is now the official Automotive Partner of Fifa until 2022.

    Visa - the credit card company became a top-tier Fifa partner in 2007, taking over from rivals MasterCard in controversial circumstances, and recently extended its relationship until 2022. It is a sponsor of five Fifa events this year, including the Women's World Cup in Canada.

    Budweiser - the US beverage has been a World Cup sponsor since the 1986 event in Mexico, and is the Official Beer of the tournament, with its product on sale in all stadia at the finals, and it also sponsors the Man of the Match award at each game.

    McDonald's - the American fast food chain has been a sponsor since the 1994 World Cup in the US. Its products are available at all matches in the finals tournament, and it also sponsors the World Cup Player Escort programme, in which children accompany the teams onto the pitch.


    They have likely been annoyed by all the fuss around FIFA during the last weeks, and the bad light thrown on the sport, which obviously reflects on them and their financial results as well.

    So, they logically gave him the bullet. I could be wrong and Blatter might be arrested for corruption in the next days, but the above listed companies have probably had much more 'convincing'-power on Blatter than the ongoing inquiries.
     
  23. Herb

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    Not his finest hour but I'm not sure if there's any viable candidate out there without some kind of idea like that within them.

    Figo is probably a bit of a long shot regardless. A David Gill type figure is a far more likely appointment.
     
  24. geebo

    geebo Bekloppt ! (German for loopy)

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    I mean a business man who is experienced in company re-structuring, organisation, and creating transparent organisations. These people are out there, and models of how an organisation such as FIFA should function are there. But this needs to be done first, before ideas of reforming football or the world cup.
     
  25. RaoulDuke

    RaoulDuke Wind-Down Merchant

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    Those people are normally hired by new owners who took over a company in deficit.

    It first needs a new president who is interested in reforming the FIFA.
    And that has to be elected by it's members.

    Because on paper FIFA is a non-profit organisation.
    There won't be new owners to hire such go getters to re-structure it.
    And as I said I consider fifa to be a self-service shop.
    There won't be shrewd new owners to control the new business man, if he is doing the right re-structuring or if he is just filling his own pockets.

    Btw, who owns Fifa? It's member states?
     
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  26. Arminius

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    It is a not-for-profit association incorporated under the laws of Switzerland and 'owned' in that sense by members. That goes right to the heart of the problem - the one country one vote rule creates a solid foundation for redistribution without regard for contribution. In the case of Qatar, relatively inconsequential bribes were needed to win votes that produced an outcome with enormously disruptive consequences for European member associations. This won't be an easy fix.
     
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  27. jgw_geneseo

    jgw_geneseo optimism in spades

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    I say get Loretta Lynch in (US attorney general who gave press conference after Zurich raids). She'll get the job done from the inside.
     
  28. RaoulDuke

    RaoulDuke Wind-Down Merchant

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    The problem might be:
    Many of the member states (=owners) actually don't want to get this job done.
    Because their representatives made a lot of money in this system.
    It remains to be seen if they reluctantly are going to accept things have to change.
     
  29. DEVGRU

    DEVGRU Banned for the umpteenth time

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    FIFA is rotten from the inside out, it's hard to imagine who is going to come out of this clean.....

    It is going to take year's to sort everything out and to change a whole set of things within the organization from how countries are selected to host events/tournaments to football rules and elections of officials including the presidency. The other matter I find disgusting is the payment of a pension scheme for officials...corrupted one's included for life.
     
  30. Kanonkop

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    Eric Cantona: "To choose between Blatter and Platini is like choosing between the plague and cholera"
     
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