David Owen: End this rule-change voting system which unfairly favours Brits


I can still see the look of bemusement on the Brazilian journalist’s face.

It was in London a few years ago – in one of those expensive hotels along Park Lane.

Joseph Blatter, the FIFA President, had just explained the process by which the laws of football can be changed.

“So you mean to say,” the Brazilian journalist asked, still struggling evidently to grasp the enormity of what had been imparted,

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David Owen: FIFA bracing itself for more bad news

The Sunday Times exposé has exploded like a cannonball off the port bow of the good ship FIFA.

The allegations already spread across three broadsheet pages are damaging enough - although not everyone will have been surprised that the headline “World Cup votes for sale” should have appeared at some point in the campaign.

But there was the suggestion in yesterday evening’s FIFA statement that more unwelcome disclosures might be in store.

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Corruption claims against World Cup voters

 By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

October 16 – Two members of FIFA’s ruling Executive Committee have allegedly offered to sell their votes to the United States in the battle to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, it was reported tonight.

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