Fifa corruption


Don’t want to divert attention from the imminent coronation at Celtic Park but a bit of respect is due to the (old media) Sunday Times for their opus yesterday on the corruption at Fifa surrounding the World Cup 2022 bids. Work like this can only be undertaken by a well-resourced publication, which remains the exclusive domain of the major newspapers and broadcasters.

Qatar 2022 has been subject to considerable concern over the human rights of immigrant workers for some time, with Nepal in particular expressing concern at the mortality rates of their nationals working in the Gulf state.  Our own Jim Murphy MP has written extensively on the subject, before and after his visit to Qatar two months ago.

Hosting the World Cup has the potential to add a spotlight on human rights issues and in recent weeks the Qatari government have introduced limited reforms to controversial kafala sponsorship system, which bonds workers to their employers.

Football authorities in Europe and beyond are distraught at the prospect of being asked to change their leagues, and the Champions League, to allow the World Cup to take place in January and February, to avoid hosting the tournament during the Qatar summer.

Human rights concerns and football schedules were always unlikely to effect change with billions of pounds of investment already spent, but corruption is different.  If the bidding process was subject to votes for Qatar being bought Fifa lawyers should have sufficient evidence to void the original vote and declare a re-run.

Football us sufficiently corrupt that no one has any confidence that Fifa will act properly.  The entire structure has been subject to corruption for decades and, unfortunately, many of those who will decide on what action to take, and liable to be implicated in the years of graft.

I’m of the view that the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar, honestly decided or otherwise, could have brought reform to the country, but standing firm against corruption will do the greater good.

Let me know if you would like to attend the CQN Question and Answer evening at the Manor Club, Wimbledon, on 21 June, with a confirmed line-up of Lisbon Lion, John Hughes, and our own Brogan Rogan and Auldheid, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. iki



    13:12 on 2 June, 2014


    Daily Mail December 2010


    Boris Johnson has taken revenge on Sepp Blatter and the other FIFA delegates who destroyed England’s bid to host the World Cup by kicking them out of London’s Dorchester hotel for the 2012 Olympic Games.


    FIFA president Mr Blatter and his team had been invited to stay in exclusive £1,000-a-night suites at the five-star hotel for more than a week during the Olympics.


    The gesture was part of the charm offensive designed to woo FIFA – football’s world governing body – in the run-up to Thursday’s 2018 World Cup vote.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335787/Boris-Johnson-kicks-FIFA-chiefs-Dorchester-London-2012-Olympics.html#ixzz33U0Pd5pm


    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook





    Qatar bribes but England makes a gesture as part of a charm offensive.

  2. moonbeams wd. wee oscar’s our bhoy and kano’s our mhan.



    13:15 on 2 June, 2014





    Grassing on you was the best day of my life. :)



    MWD says Aye


    You really need to get out more.

  3. bournesouprecipe on

    I’ll be quite happy if Roy Keane gets a bigger budget than the budget MSM say NFL got.

  4. I think the next Celtic manager will NOT be Roy Keane. I think it will be Steve Clarke.




  5. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan.




    13:19 on 2 June, 2014





  6. vmhan – ynwa wee oscar



    13:08 on 2 June, 2014


    If Roy Keane negotiates a sizeable budget and I hope he does, I’d like to know why a similar budget wasn’t available to NFL.







    Thinking that aswel when people saying keane has been given big budget etc .. Doubt lenny was given that big of a budget.



    But then again lenny signed most of the players so really in theory a new gaffer should be given more transfer money as he is inheriting someone elses side.



    Hope lawell is working his magic in getting decent fee’s for a few.

  7. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    If Jim Murphy told me it was monday ,I would go and get a calendar to double check.

  8. I think Scotland should make a stand and refuse to go to any future World Cup or Euro championships. .. Er hang on!

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Alex O’Henley


    Irish Times reporting this morning that further talks held over the weekend which led to @celticfc job offer which Roy Keane has accepted.

  10. bournesouprecipe on

    Commonwealth City Glasgow will have over 300 OrangeFests *Feasts?* more than twice the number of Belfast and Derry combined.



    We will pay for them all.



    State Aid CSC

  11. @Independent_ie: #BREAKING: Roy Keane has decided to stay in Ireland set-up under Martin O’Neill and will not be going to Celtic #COYBIG More to follow

  12. David Beckham has been in the Brazilian rainforests sleeping rough wi stick insects, well, he’s used to it, isn’t he.

  13. Sir Paul



    Alyss, says;



    “The Tea-Leaves predict a Shock Decision.”






    Wonder whit that Means?



    Do You Know?



    Ah Dunno!






  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    NOT SURE IF THIS IS TRUE-#BREAKING: Roy Keane has decided to stay in Ireland set-up under Martin O’Neill and will not be going to Celtic #COYBIG More to follow



    Hmmm. Do I have time for a wee nap?



    On topic.


    Can anyone venture to guess what legal recourse Qatar has or could take against FIFA should there be a reversal of the decision?


    What legal recourse could FIFA take should the European countries decide to boycott the tournament?



    Just asking like

  16. I have absolutely NO idea who our next manager will be.



    I thought I did!



    Confusion reigns and there now appears to be doubts that RK will be appointed shortly.




  17. Paul67 et al



    Roy Keane is delighted to confirm he has accepted the offer to be;


    The King of Spain.


    “For sometime I’ve always thought that I was the man who would not be King”


    “But then I changed my mind!”

  18. McDowellcelt god bless wee oscar on

    Looks like Keane will not be coming as manager if reports here in Ireland are to be believed.

  19. bournesouprecipe on

    Even a Mourinho would feel like second best, if it’s not Roy Keane at this stage.



    Keano Keano Keano CSC

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