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Joe Blatter and his "partner in bung" Mickey Plattini both go up in front of some sort of Heavy Manners Hearing this week and what's left of Fleet Street are predicting seven year bans for both. Hopefully that will give The Feds enough time to try and stick something on Sepptic, as well as bang up Mafifa execs by the Black Mariah-full !
Yup, it's "tramp the dirt down" territory. I'm glad Platini's been found out and it looks like he'll get his comeuppance.I heard someone on the radio (Canada) I think talking about the women's world cup, but could've been the rio men's one and they said 'It's not like it was at FIFA" using the word FIFA for the world cup. The tournament is NOT caLLED FIFA, it is the world cup. STOP IT!! I think it's a north american habit, too used to branding associations. Shit you got me angry again Mr P.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching the Idaho Potato Commission Bowl.
What do the bowl with C&B ? Potatoes ?
Turn on a sports channel during late December and you're likely to find a college football game sponsored by a company you never heard of. http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2010/12/30/top-10-ridiculous-college-bowl-names/
We need a way to distinguish between the many world cups we enjoy.
I guess the difference between a World Cup and a World Series is that more than one country competes in it C&B !
Yeah the USA has won 109. Canada has 2. Europe,Africa, South America, Australia, Asia, and Antarctica are all tied at 0. Are they even trying?
If it's played every 4 years like a World Cup, it's been king for over 444 years ! Christopher Columbus must have got straight to it - when he discovered !
That should say "going" not king !
What does a ban entail. Can they stop him from watching? If it just means the guilty can't go to matches anymore then his punishment is very similar to my daily life. Except I don't enough money to Warrant a bank account on Dagobah.
I think a ban is kind of like the sack C&B and at Septic's age I don't think there's much chance of a hire elsewhere. As to whether or not he's prosecuted will I guess depend on what Swiss laws he may have broken. Just to have him out of the way will be vast improvement and I predict a fast demise on the health front. As for Platini - who knows what will be going on seven or so years from now and I would imagine that the Taxman will want a word about that $9 million he "forgot" to declare !
Well as much as the North Americans may wind you up Filthy, you've got to admit it took the FBI to really get this mob busted open ! A few patronizing emails from Lancaster Gate was hardly having the wind up the Bar Au Lac regulars. Come to think of it, are they up to email yet at Lancaster Gate ?
Sepptic now comparing FIFA Tribunal to Spanish Inquisition - not quite the same thing to me - politely being asked what happened to millions of dollars under your control is not the same as being tortured into changing your religion !
Mickey Plattini gearing up to play the professional victim, now saying he won't attend his Inquistion, claiming the fix is in. A bit ripe if you ask me !
Sepptic in the dock and the FIFA dosh has been put on ice - bank accounts frozen by the Swiss Justice Ministry. You've got to be looking well dodgy before the Swiss interfere with your moolah !
I must admit I haven't been following the day to day HooHa on this but they don't seem to be backing off. Someone's doing bird for something not far off, whether they get Septic in the Tank or not will be interesting to see.I think when we get a few actual trials up and running the fun and the fan will really start
I'd enjoy watching the inquisitions, and seeing them squirm. It could be an entertainment "the FIFA corruption Bowl" Blatter and Platini each trying to save their own skins by dumping the other one in it.
8 Year Bans apiece - I think that will do it. Not sure Joe has got another 8 years on the clock and I can't see Mickey making it back either. If truth be told take away the unchecked power and corruption and they probably wouldn't enjoy it. My only complaint that FIFA itself will survive.
I kinda still want more...football being so dear to my heart for all my life, I want it's reputation totally rebuilt, and for those who don't love the game, to see that it is THE world game, spreading joy and potential riches to everyone and in particular those who don't have much. The game is everything the brand is irrelevant. We'll take coca cola, Nike, Visa money and distribute it to the world. A fair wage for those who work otherwise that's the mandate: spread the game, spread joy. Football is not a brand- there might be tribal allegiances, and national ones- but it is universal.So Platini and Blatter is a start, but FIFA itself has to disappear.Huge kudos to those who have brought this about, but keep it going......
Oh, and I agree...Joseph splatter will be brown bread before long!
I think this is driving me crazy....just been reading various blogs about FIFA and there are a significant amount of posts by people with Russianish sounding/looking names, all of whom are calling it a CIA conspiracy against blatter and the russian world cup. This is something I didn't take into consideration. Is it such a "political football"? Do the "commies" rea;lise it is a way to the enemies hearts? and so want to influence? I'd moved beyond all this cold war shit, and especially when it comes to football: way beyond a USA/USSR issue.They're (FIFA) corrupt and ruining the beautiful game. Need complete restructuring and the restoration of the ethics of the egalitarian game.
Filthy, I wouldn't confuse Putin's Gangster Nation with the USSR for a minute, nor would I compare any disagreement with the USA to the Cold War. I really can't see The World Cup on the CIA's agenda, for a start in the USA getting/not getting the tournament is a regional issue not a national one. Also the USA know that it is only a matter of time before they get the tournament anyway. We all know Blatter is as guilty as sin and we also know that the allocation of the World Cup to Russia is "murky" at best. Arse saving propaganda by a delusional man supported by the agents and sycophants of the world's biggest gangster.
Of course FIFA will survive, too big, too ingrained to go awaybut now the flood gates are open and there is a good chance all the players at the top will be washed away there is a chance it may be a good thing. In any organisation of that size there have to be people who are fundamentally honest and genuinely care and now that the powers of ritcheous indignation have got the bit between their teeth I think they will carry on. It must be a heady feeling to bring em down and not one to give up , so I think they'll be on the lookout for a rerun of another high. Not saying it will work that way but it looks likely. As to the Russian demagoggery, would you expect anything different. He's a piece of work of the old school and I'm not sure anyone outside the Russias believes a word he says, nor his mouthpieces. The obvious thing to do is just ignore both the Russian & Quatar world cups and go play a bunch of "friendlies" in some other place. That would be great to see.
I think Russia is too much of an international "player" for the World Cup to be moved or seriously boycotted. The London luxury businesses were lobbying for fewer sanctions against Mother Rus when they nicked Crimea, they spend too much money. Still I live in hope for a Revolt In The Desert (Part 2).
Yeah, I'm for a boycott, and I'm more focussed on Qatar- it is wrong for so many reasons: climate,no football culture,no alcohol, corrupt, but above that the blood of hundreds of slave workers. How can you ignore that?Russia ticks most of the same boxes, but there is football culture and they do drink, but they also tend towards racism...The idea of having the olympics in a fixed location seems attractive, as could the world cup- as long as the spoils are distributed around the world. But where to have it's permanent home?
I don't think we're ever going to see either The Olympics or The World Cup in a fixed location Filthy, at least not unless there is a major change in international corporate culture and the way I see it right now it runs the world.It wasn't so long ago that there would have been a serious argument made that mix of football culture and alcohol helped produce racism. We know serious improvements can be made and I don't think the solution for Russia is going to be exclusion from The World Cup. Quit Qatar - that would be my move !
Hardly surprising but still good to see it done - Valcke 's just got The Big E - They really need to clean house - sorry Filthy but due to brand value they won't shut shop - from Top to Bottom. Whoever comes in - Prince Ali ? needs an entire new staff or as near to that as common sense will allow.