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Andrew Jennings on the 2018/2022 Attack

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For those of you who are fans of the quintessential shite-stirrer in international sport (or just a supporter of honesty and integrity in the worlds of the IOC, MaFIFA etc) Andrew Jennings has dug some rather intriguing dirt on what the bidders for 2018 and 2022 had to provide as legal assurances for the right to host the WC.

Here is one of the more telling quotes:

Guarantee Number 3: Tax Exemptions

The list of demands at Section B, page 4, are astonishing. One Dutch tax expert described them as ‘FIFA setting up its own tax haven’ in the winning country. FIFA appears indifferent to the reality that it would be illegal, and thus impossible, for EU-member countries like England, Holland, Belgium, Portugal and Spain to grant Herr Blatter the concessions he wants.

It is unlikely that Mr Putin’s Russia would have any problem agreeing these demands. Were they designed to make sure that only Russia could win 2018 hosting rights?

Similarly, in the contest for 2022 it is unlikely that democratic countries like Australia, America, Korea and Japan could grant these concessions. Only Qatar could.

The fully documented article is located here. As RobH has put it in the past why would one want to win the rights to host the WC when it's akin to being picked out in a police line up.

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why would one want to win the rights to host the WC when it's akin to being picked out in a police line up.

Because Russia and Qatar are attention-divas; FIFA provided the platform, and the MaFIFAiosi gladly lapped up the incentives!!

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Because Russia and Qatar are attention-divas; FIFA provided the platform, and the MaFIFAiosi gladly lapped up the incentives!!

MaFIFAiosi...I like :)

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RobH, nice post of the Panorama video...and may I say there you have the exact reason why the ExCo members deigned to give the British bid only 2 votes.

Let's hope the MaFIFA locusts continue to plague and rip the crap out of their willing victims and our respective countries steer well clear of even contemplating a bid until the whole dirty clique of them are mouldering in some benighted spot of dirt.

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Indeed. Maybe we should send Ponting to Switzerland to sort them all out.

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Indeed. Maybe we should send Ponting to Switzerland to sort them all out.

Only if he can stop off in Dubai and let the willow hit the arses of certain ICC delegates too :D

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The Man Who Really Irks Blather has another dig at our ethically-challenged friend in the Zurich Fortress of Solitude...

This time Andrew Jennings look at the growing influence/complicity of the Arabian gulf state MaFIFA members in forming a powerbase for Blather as he lurches towards re-election whilst attempting to negate his Korean rival:

Blatter wants Prince Who? to be new FIFA boss

By Andrew Jennings

Sunday January 2, 2011

Tiny Qatar, victors of the opaque contest to host the World Cup in 2022, will be the venue on Thursday for Sepp Blatter’s next manoeuvre to tighten his chokehold on FIFA.

Blatter has been infuriated for the past decade by the independent-minded Korean FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon and his frequent threats to launch a challenge for the presidency.

Blatter has never had the courage to confront billionaire Chung, a member of the family controlling the Hyundai conglomerate. Now he has found his Trojan pony, an Arab princeling, and he’s running him at the congress of the Asian Football Confederation this week.

It smells like a deal done in the Doha souk. Blatter steered 2022 to Qatar – in return the gas-rich, money-no-object statelet does the ‘persuading’ to enlist enough votes to rid their benefactor of his pestilent adversary.

The wannabe FIFA veep is Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan. He’s 35, a Sandhurst-trained chap who appears to have been passed over for the chance to join other sporty royals at the International Olympic Committee.

(for more see the full article here at Jenning's website Transparency in Sport)

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Jens Weinreich and Andrew Jennings win 2011 Play the Game Award

Two veteran investigative journalists, Jens Weinreich from Germany and Andrew Jennings from the United Kingdom, receive the 2011 Play the Game award in recognition of their tireless work documenting and bringing the enormous levels of mismanagement and corruption in the world's leading sports organisations into public view.

The Play the Game Award is awarded by the organisation Play the Game which aims to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport and encourage democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport. It pays tribute to an individual or a group of persons who in their professional careers or as volunteers in sport have made an outstanding effort to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport.

Weinreich and Jennings were selected as the recipients of this year’s award by a committee consisting of board members and directors from the Danish Institute for Sports Studies and Play the Game and the previous award winner, Declan Hill. The winners were announced in Cologne, Germany, at Play the Game 2011, the seventh world communication conference on sport and society.

Announcing the awards, Henrik Brandt, Director of the Institute for Danish Sports Studies, said that it took only a few seconds for the committee to decide that Weinreich and Jennings were this year's obvious candidates for the Play the Award.

"It is not so much the recent work by the two award winners that moves us to give them the award this year. Rather, it is due to the excellent work of the FIFA Executive Board during recent months to highlight the fact that the world’s two most outstanding investigative journalists in the field of sports have been pointing the fingers in the right direction for more than a decade; that leads us to giving them the award."

"They have always been accused of exaggerating the problems in FIFA, but last year has shown that they were understating," Brandt continued.

Over the years, Jennings and Weinreich have been despised, criticised and excluded from doing their job by sports leaders, politicians, and even by their own colleagues. Still, they have been determined in pursuing their investigations.

"They not only sought, but also found the documentation, and that is a great achievement which has been fundamental for the world public’s understanding of FIFA as it is today," Brandt said.

http://www.playthegame.org/news/detailed/jens-weinreich-and-andrew-jennings-win-2011-play-the-game-award-5271.html

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