The Mainstream Media is all over the FIFA corruption affair. Why is that? It’s just about common knowledge that FIFA are crooked. I remember watching Andrew Jennings’ 2006 Panorama investigation into the vote-buying to secure Sepp Blatter’s position of FIFA president; Jack Warner was accused of being involved in bribery back then. Indeed, I have for a long time assumed that because FIFA is historically bent and that graft had not been the custom of the British Home International teams (at least not before the Progressive Dawn of non-effective schmoozing) is why Ireland lost to France by that blatant Henry handball in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers; it’s why Lampard’s goal was disallowed when England were coming back into that very competition during their match with the host nation, Germany. It explains why England suffers from astoundingly bad refereeing decisions whenever they play in big international competitions; think of Campbell’s disallowed goal against Portugal in 2004, and Shearer’s against Argentina in 1998.
Why is the British media only now chewing Sepp Blatter out at Zurich press conferences? Is it to do with the fact that they suspect that England may have been at the wrong end of a corrupt bid process when they lost the right to hold the 2018 World Cup last year? It shouldn’t be because England lost the 2006 World Cup bid in 2000; since then the above mentioned program by Jennings brought the exact same matters of corruption to the attention of the press corps. Why wasn’t the British news media stirred up into an angry stinging swarm then? Is it because their FIFA accreditation meant a lot more to them then than it does now? Why should that be?
A lot of unanswerable questions there, but the one thing we do know is the main difference between the English bids in 2000 and 2010 was that in the latter, David Cameron was personally involved. He decided that he would get on stage and perform a futile act of begging; it must have been humiliating in the final analysis because there was no doubt that the English bid team was extraordinarily confident about winning.
This could be the answer; Dave’s ego had been bruised and now he wants some retribution, so his media lackeys have been given the go-ahead to get Blatter. Does it sound too incredible? Well, Gaddafi will tell you all about what forces Dave can unleash when he is made to look as stupid as he was when the SAS were caught delivering love-notes from him to the Al-Qaeda-linked Libyan rebels.
However, let’s investigate further the ramifications of this current furore and see what previously unconsidered links between current affairs can be discovered to point the way to what is really going on.
Tonight (time of writing: 30th May) when I turned on the TalkSPORT radio station, the presenters (long-time opponents of FIFA, it must be declared) were talking about the English FA pulling out of FIFA in protest and setting up an alternative worldwide Associated Football administrative organisation. Of course, if this was realised in the next couple of years it would mean that any countries that broke away with England would be looking to organise a competition to rival or replace the FIFA World Cup in 2014; at this late stage it might even mean that the competition could only be hosted by a country that already had all the infrastructure intact, and where would that criteria be better met than in England?
There would also be something in it for Cameron apart from spending his vendetta. What with the Coalition government becoming dependent on public spectacles to engender good will and forgiveness in the people towards its misrule, getting a major football competition would be worth – as far as the deluded government gauges at least – the forbearance of the British for a few more years while they are made to go hungry, lose their jobs, and are displaced by immigrants.
Could it really be that behind the sudden determination to get rid of Blatter is a political plot instigated by the gangsters in Downing Street? We shouldn’t be surprised; we know that it is the way of the corporate-political world that powerful people have their sins overlooked by other powerful people until the former’s demise is useful for the ambitions of the latter; that is the moment when everyone suddenly remembers about the rule of law.
In actual fact, it is extremely unlikely that the English FA will break away from FIFA (nor will be there be an appetite to rival Brazil’s world cup in 2014), but then it doesn’t need to; for getting what a scoundrel wants, threats and dirty tricks are much better than clean-cut action based on a principle. Whatever is going on, you can be sure that power, money and influence is at stake; if our politicians are looking after their interests then the whole affair will probably be about applying enough pressure on FIFA so that some outcome that is favourable to the English FA and consequently for the “feel-good” factor of the English is manufactured – even if it is a hokey penalty decision – somewhere, someday further down the line. We used to be an upright play-fair nation, but that isn’t the case any more.
Update, 31st May: Well, well, well. Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins, has set up an organisation called Change FIFA and is asking politicians from around the world to join a campaign for “international partnership for the reform of FIFA”. Yep, if this is all at Dave’s behest then marvel at what kind of revenge-driven maniac he is.