Can this be a coincidence ?
The Palestinian Football Association withdrew Friday its bid to have Israel expelled from FIFA, its leader announced. The world soccer federation's member associations were set to vote on the proposal at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.
Jibril Rajoub, the PFA’s president, announced the withdrawal of the expulsion measure in an address to the FIFA Congress, but asked the body instead to vote on an amendment to address three pressing issues: restrictions on the movement of Palestinian soccer players, the inclusion of five Israeli teams that play in the occupied West Bank and the failure to curb rampant racism amongst Israeli fans.
“I look forward to the day in which Palestinians, like many others, are enjoying the benefits of the game. Let us look forward and be optimistic. I count on you to vote, and I thank those who convinced me to drop the suspension,” Rajoub said, according to the Guardian.
Instead of an amendment, FIFA President Sepp Blatter asked the congress to vote on the formation of a committee to mediate the conflict. That move passed with a 90 percent vote.
We naturally wonder if there was a price tag connected to this easy adjustment on anti Israeli actions. What we know so far about the FIFA corruptions is that its been endemic. So why would it not be as well be so in the case of the Palestinian red card attack on Israel?
We don’t know but the question is not far fetched. Palestine it self is know for corruption and has a long history on loosing or abusing donations.
The US uncovered the FIFA and did what any decent person should. Namely stop FIFA before they managed to set a norm that winning in sportsmanship can be bought. FIFA to be an example for the youth not only in one place but truly all over the world.
Sadly this just proves that we in the west have lost our ways to lesser standard and morals than we used to have and the degeneration is right now stopped by the US and not EU who continues to affiliate them self's with PA who the now call Palestine.
Really? Well does a nation have two police forces two armed forces and a dozen of militant groups moving freely around without any what ever control?
Should not a nation have only one national army and one national police force in order to meet the standard that we all think of as a nation. To have many waring fractions without control is at best State of Anarchy and not State of Palestine.
The corruption is as well one off the worst in the world with recently discovered 2.9 Billion dollars lost! With such a nation on one side and FIFA on the other how comes that not anyone was asking this question already while the Palestinians where vowing their red cards like it was some sort of Palestinian flag.
Lets look at the corruption crimes so far…
Chuck Blazer's admissions:
- He and others on FIFA's executive committee took bribes from 2004 until 2011 in exchange for backing South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup
- He agreed with a co-conspirator to facilitate a bribe in Morocco for its bid to host 1998 tournament, which was eventually awarded to France
- He and others accepted bribes in connection with broad cast and other rights for Concacaf's Gold Cup tournament in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003
- Other admissions include US tax evasion
Why were the officials arrested?
The FBI has been investigating Fifa for the past three years. The investigations were initially sparked by the bidding process for the Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups, but was widened to look back at FIFA´s dealings over the past 20 years.
The Department of Justice's indictment says that the corruption was planned in the US, even if it was then carried out elsewhere. The use of US banks to transfer money appears to be key to the investigation.
It is the home of FIFA, with the company's registration as a charity allowing it to pay little tax.
Switzerland might be perceived as a country where less than transparent companies are welcome, particularly when it comes to tax, but its extradition agreement with the US is clear that it will hand over people for criminal acts. It appears that US authorities took advantage of the fact that FIFA's annual Congress brought together key suspects in an extradition-friendly country.
How much money is involved?
Massive amounts, allegedly. The US indictment alleges over $150m in corruption, and that does not include other possible corruption around the world. An earlier FIFA report into Caribbean corruption, which was leaked, alleged that bribes of $40,000 were handed to officials in cash-stuffed envelopes.
FIFA makes nearly all its revenue from the World Cup, the most lucrative sporting event in the world, eclipsing even the Olympics. Last year's tournament cost the host country Brazil an estimated $4bn, and yet FIFA made more than $2bn in profit. The costs of the next two World Cups are expected to dwarf this: Qatar 2022 is reported to be above $6bn.
Just bidding for the right to host the World Cup is enormous, the English FA spent £21m on its failed bid for the 2018 tournament.
The US indictments focus on historical corruption.
And Qatar has been dogged with controversy and allegations of corruption ever since its award. However, having seen out several corruption scandals, an unprecedented move from a summer to winter tournament and a scandal over the treatment of migrant workers, the odds are it will somehow hold onto football's most illustrious competition.
Mr Blatter is not arrested just like any other kingpin one might assume ...
Suspicion has hung about FIFA for years, and although Mr Blatter is not thought to be implicated in Wednesday's arrests, one has to wonder, why is he so determined to carry on in the top job?
Mr Blatter was re-elected for an unprecedented fifth four-year term, and in doing so remains in charge of a multi billion-dollar sport. What drives a man, soon to be 80, and who once promised not to stand for re-election, to so clearly crave another four years in such a high profile, and highly scrutinised, position? "He clearly considers himself to be the only person capable of running FIFA," says Roland Buechel, a Swiss member of parliament and campaigner for more transparency at the top of football.