The World of Dirty Football
I see that at long last someone has had the guts to stand against Sepp Blatter in the forthcoming election for president of FIFA.
It never ceases to amaze me how this utterly corrupt man and his outrageously corrupt organisation has been allowed to run the world’s largest sport for the past 12 years.
If there is anything that is a total disgrace on the world’s sporting stage, then this is it.
Frankly, Lance Armstrong’s drug crimes pale in comparison.
The whole world – and certainly the football representatives of all those countries who have supported Blatter for so long – know full well just how corrupt both he and his FIFA ruling committee are, yet they continue to keep him in office.
Money, self-interest, and cowardice. Not one of them had the courage to stand up and be counted.
Shame on all of them – including the English FA, who have said too little, too late.
To hold a World Cup in Doha – one of the hottest places on earth – in the middle of the summer is the most unbelievable piece of arrant nonsense ever foisted on the world of sport. There cannot be a single person who doesn’t know that Qatar was awarded the World Cup on the back of massive kick-backs by this tiny, but obscenely wealthy oil kingdom.
Worst of all, is the appalling, slave-like treatment of third world labourers and the indisputable fact that there is still an average of two construction workers killed every day on the stadium construction sites across Qatar.
Charity Scams Unlimited
Many of you may recall my article of a few weeks ago entitled ‘Remembering The Dead’. In this, I expressed amazement that Paul Cummings, the designer and manufacturer of 888,246 ceramic poppies, (the number of Brits who died in ww1), which became a moat of remembrance for the war dead at the Tower of London, was going to make a profit of around 10 million pounds, or £11 per poppy, which had only cost him £2 per poppy to make.
I predicted that one day he would receive a knighthood for such a ‘worthy sacrifice’.
Well it all happened even quicker than I could possibly imagine, although I didn’t get it exactly right. He didn’t get the knighthood but he was awarded the next best thing from dear old Lizzie – an MBE in the New Year’s honours list, for his ‘services to charity’.
Mind you… there’s still time to become ‘Sir Paul’ – all he has to do is dream up a new money making charity scam.
The Disgrace of Sri Lankan politics
There is one piece of vaguely good news in a week when the world’s headlines have been dominated by the horror in France.
Again, those who have been following my blog for a while, will recall that I have been a long-time critic of the terror regime in Sri Lanka, where innocent Tamils, including politicians and journalists, (who had no active role in the civil war), have been imprisoned, tortured and murdered at will by an increasingly power-hungry government – a government which was roundly and repeatedly condemned by several highly critical United Nations’ reports.
The evidence was there for all to see, yet our cricket teams continued to go there to play cricket, and our idiotic ‘heir in waiting’, Prince Charlie himself flew there as the Queen’s representative to host the Commonwealth conference.
Yet again, money, self-interest, cowardice and even hubris, (in the case of Charlie) held sway.
The good news is that this evil oppressor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been unexpectedly been thrown out of office in the recent general election, in which everyone, including Rajapaksa, expected to win by a landslide.
He clearly misread the situation and has been undone by one of his close supporters and former ministers, Mr Maithripala Sirisena. If I read the situation correctly, all the minority sects, including the Tamils and the Muslims, plus a substantial number of the majority Sinhalese, voted for Sirisena as being the lesser of two evils.
At least with the new man in power there is hope that some of the previous excesses will be brought under control.
We can only wait… and hope.
Post Script – I wrote the above on Saturday. Now, on Sunday morning, I read that when the President Rajapaksa realised he had lost the election, he tried to stay in power by asking the army to secure the country and support him.
Fortunately for everyone, the army refused.
The new president in waiting, Mr Sirisena, has apparently ordered an end to the censorship of dissident websites, the abolition of phone tapping and a stop to the surveillance of journalists and politicians.
Let us hope and pray that he means it…