David Owen: Time for a changing of the guard at FIFA


The BBC’s Panorama programme told us nothing new about the 2018-22 World Cup campaign.

But it underlined the need for a changing of the guard in FIFA’s upper echelons.

World football’s governing body plainly has no intention of further investigating the nature of links between football officials and the ISMM/ISL sports marketing organisation which collapsed nearly a decade ago.

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Fallout from Panorama probe intensifies


By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich

November 30 – The fallout from BBC claims of corruption against high-ranking FIFA officials intensified today when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it would be investigating those involving FIFA vice-president Issa Hayatou, who is also an IOC member.

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New corruption revelations rock World Cup vote


By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

November 29 – Renewed corruption allegations involving FIFA Executive Committee members surfaced today  just days before they are due to appoint the hosts of football’s 2018 and 2022 World Cups under the eyes of world leaders.

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David Owen: English football’s coming national inquest

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Once the white smoke from FIFA’s conclave of cardinals has dissipated into the clear alpine air on Thursday (December 2), the way will be clear for an almighty inquest into the way English football is run.

The disappointing nature of the national team’s 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa has ensured this inquest will happen whether or not England’s bid to stage world football’s flagship tournament in 2018 succeeds.


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