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Three cheers for the FBI.

 
 
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 06:23 pm
@hawkeye10,
hehehe
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jun, 2015 01:32 am
@ehBeth,
United Passions: How Fifa spent £16m on a film where Sepp Blatter is a hero

A £19m film version of Fifa's history, in which president Sepp Blatter is one of the heroes, is opening in Serbia but no plans have been announced for worldwide release. What is going on?
Sepp Blatter is happy to have been played by Tim Roth. "In this case the casting was well done," the president of Fifa said when he met the actor at a lakeside hotel. "We have some common, let's say, qualities."
Roth, star of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, portrays the Swiss administrator in United Passions.

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/media/images/75614000/jpg/_75614587_roth.jpg
Roth as Blatter


The film tells how Fifa, world football's governing body, grew from its creation by a dedicated bunch of "mavericks" in Paris in 1904 to become overseer of today's multi-billion-pound industry.
Gerard Depardieu plays long-serving president Jules Rimet, credited with creating the World Cup in 1930. Sam Neill is Blatter's immediate predecessor, Brazilian Joao Havelange.
Fifa, which supplied £16m of the film's £19m budget, says it is "open, self-critical and highly enjoyable", as it deals with efforts to defeat corruption. It has been suggested, however, that Blatter demanded changes to the script.


It has been noted that the money is the equivalent of one year's funding for Fifa's "Goal" programme that supports football in poorer nations.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month, with Fifa facing accusations that it is a mere vanity project showing Blatter and Havelange as commercial visionaries. "Everything I've done up until this point has been for the good of football," Blatter's character says in the official trailer.
There are unintentional echoes of Fifa's current image problems. A Uruguayan official is depicted telling Jules Rimet: "You need the money, we need the world championship."

Fifa has been accused of ignoring bribery over Qatar's successful bid to hold the 2022 World Cup. Blatter responded by describing parts of the British media as "racist".
Greg Dyke, chairman of the England's Football Association, has since called for Blatter, who has been in charge of Fifa since Havelange quit in 1998 amid allegations of accepting bribes, to resign. "Among the British public, the Fifa brand is severely damaged," he said. "I suspect that is true throughout large parts of Europe."
Fifa is now a huge brand, lending its name to computer games, football stickers, books and other merchandise. Can United Passions improve its image?
"It's an appalling trailer," says public relations expert Mark Borkowski. "In a way it underlines the level to which Fifa's reputation has gone. It's idea porn, really. People in an organisation get very excited about something and, within their little bubble, they convince themselves that it's brilliant."

This movie, like Fifa itself, looks terrible," said comedian John Oliver on the US show Last Week Tonight. "Who makes a sports film where the heroes are the executives?"
"With Fifa sanctioning and Blatter helping promote it," writes Ryan Rosenblatt, ironically, on the SB Nation sports website, "I'm sure United Passions will be a fair, accurate look at world football's governing body."
The trailer, which has generated more than 57,000 views on YouTube, is all most people can currently see of United Passions. The film is scheduled for release in Serbia on Thursday, following a launch in Portugal last week. Fifa is promising it will be out in several other countries, including Russia, soon.

No UK release date has been announced. "We will make a communication at the appropriate moment," says a spokeswoman for publicists Cinepress.
Of the film's three stars, only Depardieu attended the Cannes premiere. Roth, who declined to speak to the BBC, has previously hinted at subversion in his performance.
"I was like, 'Where's all the corruption in the script?'" he told the Times. "Where is all the back-stabbing, the deals? So it was a tough one. I tried to slide in a sense of it, as much as I could get in there." Director Frederic Auburtin has said he inserted "ironic parts".
Given this attitude and the limited release, is there a sense of embarrassment about the project?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27868764
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2015 07:33 am
Latest development.

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The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May, the Swiss authorities say.

Formal extradition requests were submitted on Wednesday, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said.

The seven top executives arrested in Zurich are among 14 Fifa officials indicted on charges of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption.

The charges follow a major inquiry by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FOJ said Zurich police, acting on its behalf, would give the seven officials a hearing over the extradition requests.

The officials and their lawyers would have 14 days to respond to the request, which could be extended, the FOJ statement said.

After that, the FOJ would give its decision "within a few weeks", but warned that any ruling could be challenged in both the federal criminal court and the federal supreme court.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33359540
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2015 03:38 pm
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Former Fifa Vice-President Jeffrey Webb has pleaded not guilty in connection with a massive corruption scandal in the world football governing body.

He was placed under house arrest on $10m (£6.4m) bail by a New York judge.

Mr Webb, from the Cayman Islands, is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights.

He was detained in Switzerland in May, along with six football officials, and was this week extradited to the US.

He was the only one not to contest his extradition from Switzerland and the first to appear in an American court.

He must remain at home within a 20-mile (32km) radius of the court, his movements will be monitored via an electronic tag and he has already relinquished his three passports, two of which are UK passports.

His lawyer has declined to comment.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33582473
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2015 05:00 pm
Quote:
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is set to announce his plans to reform football's crisis hit governing body on Monday.

Blatter will also hold talks with Fifa's executive committee over a date for the new presidential election.

The 79-year-old announced on 2 June he was stepping aside as head of Fifa, having just been re-elected.

BBC Sport understands 16 December has been earmarked by several regional football confederations as their preferred date for the new ballot.

But the date for what is billed as an 'emergency congress' could slip to early 2016 given Blatter's reported desire to stay in power until the new year.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33587535
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2015 05:18 am
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Uefa boss Michel Platini has been asked by a majority of world football chiefs to stand for the Fifa presidency.

Platini is said to have had assurances of support from his own confederation, Asia, South America, plus North and Central America and the Caribbean.

It is thought 60-year-old Platini has yet to decide if he will stand.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on 2 June he would stand down and on Monday will announce plans for reform of football's world governing body.

Blatter will hold talks with Fifa's executive committee over a date for the new presidential election, with 16 December earmarked by several regional football confederations as their preferred option.

The 79-year-old was elected for a fifth term as president on 29 May but four days later announced his intention to relinquish the post amid two corruption investigations.

Former Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in the May election, has called for the Swiss to leave immediately


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33592242
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2015 08:51 am
Quote:
Fifa is to set up an 11-man taskforce to look at reforming football's scandal-hit world governing body.

Proposals for reform will include term limits for presidents and integrity checks for top officials, president Sepp Blatter announced.

Fifa will hold an extraordinary congress to elect its new president on 26 February 2016, he added.

Blatter announced he would stand down in June - just four days after being re-elected president.

That followed the arrest of seven Fifa officials as part of a United States investigation. The seven were among 14 indicted on corruption charges.

A second criminal case was launched by Swiss prosecutors into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, to be held in Russia and Qatar respectively.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33595702
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2015 03:21 pm
I remember from reading at some length about Calcio in Italy, that matters were too complicated for me.

Years later, from a guy I hadn't read back then, but did a couple of years ago:
Now I would like to hear what Tobias Jones thinks. If he has written on it, I've probably missed it.

A book by him some time ago -
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Heart-Italy-Tobias-Jones/dp/0865477248

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2015 08:56 am
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http://i60.tinypic.com/v2s5ls.jpg

Criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA

Bern, 25.09.2015 - The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation.

Swiss criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA, Mr. Joseph Blatter, have been opened on 24 September 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement (Article 158 Swiss Criminal Code / SCC) and – alternatively – misappropriation (Article 138 Swiss Criminal Code / SCC).

On the one hand, the OAG suspects that on 12 September 2005 Mr. Joseph Blatter has signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union (with Jack Warner as the President at this time); this contract was unfavorable for FIFA. On the other hand, there is as suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Joseph Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG.

Additionally, Mr. Joseph Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of CHF 2 Mio. to Michel Platini, President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002 ; this payment was executed in February 2011.

On 25 September 2015, representatives of the OAG interrogated the defendant Joseph Blatter following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee. At the same time, Michel Platini was heard as a person asked to provide information (Article 178 of the Swiss Code of Criminal Procedure). Furthermore, the OAG conducted on 25 September 2015 a house search at FIFA Headquarters with the support of the Federal Criminal Police. The office of the FIFA President has been searched and data seized.

As for all defendants, the presumption of innocence applies for Mr. Joseph Blatter.

http://i62.tinypic.com/2urqrcx.jpg
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2015 09:41 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Wonderful news. Thanks Walt.
McTag
 
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Reply Sat 26 Sep, 2015 01:28 am
@izzythepush,

Late, very late, but nonetheless welcome.

Platini's done for as well. Choose your friends more carefully, Michel.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 26 Sep, 2015 01:41 am
@Walter Hinteler,
this might serve as a lesson for the American elite, you can say all the right things and pay off all the right people for years with serious money....and you might still get got. I am sure that there must be a great book on how all of this planning and work is going to end up in a jail cell.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 26 Sep, 2015 02:46 am
@McTag,
McTag wrote:
Late, very late, but nonetheless welcome.
You don't know how long the preliminary proceedings lasted, or do you? As far as I could find out, they just followed the procedures as they had to do according to the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code.
McTag
 
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Reply Sat 26 Sep, 2015 07:27 am
@Walter Hinteler,

Me no know.
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georgeob1
 
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Reply Sun 27 Sep, 2015 01:43 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Are you suggesting the Swiss legal proceedings will lag those from other governments and agencies? No irony or hidden point here: I simply don't know enough.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 27 Sep, 2015 02:47 pm
@georgeob1,
There so-called preliminary proceedings at first - very similar to the situation here. (And to that in Austria plus a couple of more countries.)

At first, enquiries are begun by the police. Then, when there sufficient facts giving reasons that a crime might be committed, an investigation is opened by the public prosecutor. (The police is an 'aiding organisation' of the prosecution ["Hilfsorgan der Staatsanwaltschaft"].)
McTag
 
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Reply Mon 28 Sep, 2015 02:03 am
@Walter Hinteler,

Same here. The Public Prosecutor makes the decision whether, on the basis of information and evidence provided by the police, whether a crime has been committed and whether a conviction is likely, and whether the public interest would be served by opening the case.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2015 02:57 pm
Quote:
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is facing a 90-day provisional suspension.

Members of Fifa's ethics committee have recommended the sanction after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the 79-year-old.

He is accused of signing a contract "unfavourable" to football's governing body and making a "disloyal payment" to Uefa president Michel Platini.

Blatter denies any wrongdoing and his lawyers said he had "not been notified of any action".

European football's chief Platini - who wants to succeed Blatter - has said the payment was "valid compensation" from his time working under the Swiss more than nine years ago.

The investigatory chamber of Fifa's ethics committee has requested the ban and a final decision is likely to be made on Thursday by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the head of Fifa's ethics adjudicatory chamber.

Blatter's adviser Klauss Stohlker had said the Fifa president was "calm" after being told the news, but a statement from his legal representatives denied he had been made aware of any decision.

It said: "We would expect that the ethics committee would want to hear from the president and his counsel, and conduct a thorough review of the evidence, before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34468663
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2015 12:26 am

from 2005 if not even earlier.
Quote:
For the record, what "Spiegel" reported was that: 1) the organizing committee maintained a secret slush fund worth 6.7 million euros donated by an Adidas executive; 2) German football legend Franz Beckenbauer and current German Football Association President (DFB) Wolfgang Niersbach knew about the fund; 3) the DFB later paid FIFA a corresponding sum to underwrite cultural events that never took place, and the money subsequently disappeared; 4) other influential German football figures acknowledged in private, unconfirmed conversations that the money had been used for bribes.

http://www.dw.com/en/slush-fund-revelation-bad-news-for-germany-fifa-and-football/a-18788708

This supporting my argument that Russia was just playing the long running game when it bribed FIFA, that was the only way to get anything done,
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2015 12:28 am
@hawkeye10,
Corruption is corruption regardless of what game you think you're playing.
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