Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




12874 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4307

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

# 173578 28-May-2015 10:26
Send private message

I am  no fan of soccer (or indeed of any game that involves grown men wasting 90 minutes running around in a muddy field chasing a ball) and neither am I remotely surprised to read that the whole thing is as bent as a nine bob note.

What I am surprised to read is that the Swiss police were "acting on behalf of US authorities. Since the US barely registers on the soccer radar it seems odd that they should take so much interest in it. Or have any jurisdiction. So why are the US involved? FIFA is not even domiciled in the US.





View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
2091 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 849


  # 1313311 28-May-2015 10:32
Send private message

google fifa scandal: first result
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32889845

Fifa scandal: Why the US is policing a global game

To prosecute cases that involve foreign nationals, US authorities need only prove a minor connection to the United States. But in the case of the charges made public on Wednesday, the alleged corruption hit right at the heart of the game in the US.

Fifa and the confederations under it make money by selling the marketing and media rights to the World Cup and other tournaments that they organise.

The charges largely relate to "the systematic payment of bribes and kickbacks" that were paid by marketing executives who wanted to increase their chances at winning contracts for the rights to market and sell media access to tournaments.

These bribes were at times organised during meetings in the US, and some of the money was transferred through US bank accounts.



12874 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4307

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1313313 28-May-2015 10:35
One person supports this post
Send private message

Hmm. And can anyone prove that the game was in any way worse because of the bribery? Was something not delivered?





 
 
 
 


202 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 17


  # 1313316 28-May-2015 10:38
3 people support this post
Send private message

John Oliver explained this last year for those who don't quite understand Football/FIFA, 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJEt2KU33I

Your welcome

4982 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3666

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1313332 28-May-2015 10:56
Send private message

Geektastic: Hmm. And can anyone prove that the game was in any way worse because of the bribery? Was something not delivered?


Bribes have to be paid for - indirectly by all soccer fans in the price of their tickets.
And matches are held at unsuitable locations like Qatar.




Sideface


13948 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 6701

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1313334 28-May-2015 11:01
Send private message

Geektastic: Hmm. And can anyone prove that the game was in any way worse because of the bribery? Was something not delivered?


Yep, they use a round ball. No one uses a round ball, that is just silly and clearly something under hand as been at play




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

Using empathy takes no energy and can gain so much. Try it.

 

 


201 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 17


  # 1313336 28-May-2015 11:02
Send private message

Sounds like some of the bribery money was also used to buy property in the US which they won't be happy about.

Sepp Blatter has said that it's related to information that they releases to the authorities. Interesting timing that it's right before another vote for president. I seem to remember the same sort of thing happening last election too.

1256 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 537


  # 1313356 28-May-2015 11:29
One person supports this post
Send private message

Sideface:
Geektastic: Hmm. And can anyone prove that the game was in any way worse because of the bribery? Was something not delivered?

Bribes have to be paid for - indirectly by all soccer fans in the price of their tickets.
And matches are held at unsuitable locations like Qatar.

This.

FIFA should be developing, promoting and managing the game for the benefit of players and fans around the world. Awarding a World Cup to a particular country should raise the profile of the game in that country, as well as pay dividends in the millions for grassroots football and to the economy of the host nation generally. Admittedly, football is popular in Qatar, but awarding a competition to a nation who certainly don't need the money, and is a totally unsuitable place to play football, is a ridiculous idea and money that lined FIFA executives' pockets could be used much better elsewhere.

 
 
 
 


220 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 19


  # 1313358 28-May-2015 11:33
One person supports this post
Send private message

The US were one of the losing bidders in last round of WC host voting too I believe...
There's some motivation if needed.

Will some of the Fifa officials be setting up camp in Coatesville while here for U-20 WC?

Mad Scientist
20336 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2770

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1313377 28-May-2015 11:49
Send private message

about time. why is Blatter not involved in all these? hard to believe ... they only arrested all the third world bosses ...




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


201 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 17


  # 1313400 28-May-2015 12:09
Send private message

joker97: about time. why is Blatter not involved in all these? hard to believe ... they only arrested all the third world bosses ...


If it is based on the information that FIFA released then I'm sure that all the Blatter related information magically disappeared. I wonder if the South American conference were going to vote for the other candidate.

1491 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 350

Trusted

  # 1313401 28-May-2015 12:12
Send private message

Geektastic: Hmm. And can anyone prove that the game was in any way worse because of the bribery? Was something not delivered?


The world cup being awarded to Qatar in 2022 would be under this catagory.  Somewhere with barely any football culture, incredibly high temperatures when the world cup is held (northern hemisphere summer), deaths of migrant workers building stadiums in poor workplace safety, expensive for fans to travel to, and the opportunity cost of it not being somewhere better that lost to corruption - England.  Coincidentally Qatar has lots of oil money sloshing around and opaque accounting. 

202 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 17


  # 1313402 28-May-2015 12:16
Send private message

jonb:
Geektastic: Hmm. And can anyone prove that the game was in any way worse because of the bribery? Was something not delivered?


The world cup being awarded to Qatar in 2022 would be under this catagory.  Somewhere with barely any football culture, incredibly high temperatures when the world cup is held (northern hemisphere summer), deaths of migrant workers building stadiums in poor workplace safety, expensive for fans to travel to, and the opportunity cost of it not being somewhere better that lost to corruption - England.  Coincidentally Qatar has lots of oil money sloshing around and opaque accounting. 


This was the most obvious one, it was predicted that about 1600 construction workers would die before the first kick-off and it turns out that the construction bosses had confiscated their workers passports, if you want to leave the country you need your passport.

The more covert stuff was in brazil. Brazil has a no drinking policy in their stadiums for safety but Fifa is sponsored by alcohol so Fifa forced Brazil to change their rules.

It goes on and on

8034 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 845

Subscriber

  # 1313408 28-May-2015 12:28
Send private message

joker97: about time. why is Blatter not involved in all these? hard to believe ... they only arrested all the third world bosses ...


I'm also suprized that IOC officials haven't been arrested for the  bribes as well..  The names FIFA and IOC go hand in hand with bribery..




Regards,

Old3eyes


16457 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3239

Trusted

  # 1313420 28-May-2015 12:40
Send private message

How many important games results are now artificial?

Mad Scientist
20336 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2770

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1313423 28-May-2015 12:43
One person supports this post
Send private message

tdgeek: How many important games results are now artificial?


every game. i wonder how penalty kick decisions are made (or refused) ...




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34


Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51


Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47


100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35


5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01


Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24


Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24


Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10


Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.