Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/859/20856

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 June 2015

Fifa scandals - a rottenness based on corporate greed

Suzanne Beishon

Fifa, football's most powerful body, has hit the rocks and is sinking fast. Its high-ranking members, looking to save their skins, have begun to spill the beans on decades' long institutional corruption.

The ongoing bribery and corruption allegations reveal the rottenness of a sporting organisation wedded to profit-driven capitalism and used by unsavoury governments around the world to enhance their international status.

The most explosive information exposing the football body's systematic racketeering and bribery comes from former Fifa executive member Chuck "super-grass" Blazer - the man who became so bloated on the riches creamed off the world's most loved sport that he reportedly has a 4,000 a month rented apartment in Trump Tower for his cats!

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Swiss authorities, are also investigating the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes.

Bribery

A leaked letter then exposed a $10 million bribe from South Africa to secure the 2010 World Cup that ended up in the account of former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner through a series of money laundering tricks. Warner is now also facing allegations surrounding a missing $750,000 he raised for Haiti earthquake victims.

And as the net grows tighter and tighter around outgoing President Sepp Blatter, his former special advisor Guido Tognoni has said that Russia and mass migrant worker-killing Qatar may have had to pay bribes to secure their World Cups.

Ironically, Uefa president Michel Platini, bookies favourite to win the Fifa presidency and who has been very vocal in his criticism of Fifa and Sepp Blatter, voted for Qatar in the controversial 2022 vote. He was on the Fifa World Cup Organising Committee for the now suspect 1998 tournament in France.

Even US prosecutor attorney general Loretta Lynch (as exposed by US Uncut) spent much of her career defending greedy Wall Street bankers and handing out paltry fines to banks caught out on her watch.

This horrific system is corrupt and fails ordinary people both in sport and in wider society and urgently needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom.


Corruption: Cameron's skeletons in the closet

Tory Prime Minister David Cameron has used Fifa's bribery scandals to call for a global anti-corruption governance campaign. His missive, ahead of the G7 summit of leading capitalist countries, mostly accuses 'Johnny foreigner' of malpractices.

But before embarking on this crusade Cameron should take a look in the mirror (assuming there is a reflection).

Has he forgotten the decades long revelations of Westminster MPs' 'cash for questions', 'cash for access', 'cash for honours', and expenses fiddles, etc? Fiddles which routinely continue to surface.

Cameron would certainly like to forget having to repay the 680 claimed to remove wisteria from his Oxfordshire mansion (but not repaying the 20,000 a year claimed to pay the mortgage on his wisteria-infested country pile). With these expenses available, no wonder the PM has said he won't take the expected 10% MPs pay rise.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 10 June 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

7K rise for MPs... Peanuts for us!

Strikes and bold campaigning can beat academy plans

Coulson case collapses amid stench of hypocrisy

Fifa scandals - a rottenness based on corporate greed

Fight devastating spending cuts

Royal Mail sell-off: Public service, not private profit

Can Corbyn's left challenge succeed?

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: Crunch time for Syriza?

900 attend rally to re-elect Kshama Sawant!


Socialist Party feature

No to a capitalist EU, Yes to a socialist Europe!


Socialist Party workplace news

Fight austerity! Fight anti-union laws!

Council cancels facility time to pave way for cuts

Gains for left in Unison elections

'Clear fighting strategy' needed for council workers

RMT strikes for unfairly sacked train guard

Bakers' union debates political representation

Striking porters 'a hundred times stronger'

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

'Promising futures' wasted by cuts

Join TUSC on the march against austerity

Newcastle demo sets a striking tone

Leeds TUSC calls for not-for-profit letting agency

Protesters tell Labour councils to fight Tory cuts

Warrington TUSC


Readers' comments and reviews

This Skype is the limit!

1945 - when Britain said no to Churchill

'Socialism is the only way to stop austerity and poverty'


 

Home   |   The Socialist 10 June 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Football:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleFight the racist far right

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleHull City supporters fight to reclaim their club and the game

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: Football under capitalism

Pay:

triangleLiebherr strike for better pay

triangleBreak the pay cap - the fight continues!

triangleNHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

Sport:

triangleCapitalism v cricket

triangleGentrification on the terraces: fans say twenty's plenty

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

Qatar:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleBarclays finally charged for having hands in till

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

20/8/18

PCS

PCS: the real issues at stake

8/8/18

Antisemitism

Antisemitism slanders against Corbyn

8/8/18

TUSC

The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now

8/8/18

Them & Us

Them & us

8/8/18

Technology

Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

8/8/18

Housing

Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

8/8/18

Northampton

Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'

4/8/18

Labour

Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right

25/7/18

Nationalisation

The case for socialist nationalisation

25/7/18

Tories

Corbyn and unions must act to bring down government in crisis

25/7/18

Sri Lanka

Dodgy MP lobbied for genocidal Sri Lankan leader

25/7/18

Universal Credit

Universal credit causes £24m rent arrears

25/7/18

Environment

Plastic waste - capitalism's Frankenstein monster

25/7/18

Them & Us

Them & Us

25/7/18

Civil Service

Blacklisting of Militant supporters by Thatcher government revealed

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999