What Ails FIFA?

FIFA, the world’s football association, a corporation, has come into the crosshairs of the American Justice system. I inquire. My way, all the way down the Dark Pools of the New World Order.

By the word “Football” I follow international usage: “Football” was created in Britain in the Nineteenth Century, it involves striking a ball with a foot.

American “Football” is more prone to involve running with a ball one cradles, throws around and grabs with one’s hands, until one crashes into someone, head first. Its main interest may be concussion, as it promotes the idea that the more one bashes one’s brain, the better, and most successful, one deserves to be.

FIFA stands for:  Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The French name is already difficult for true Anglo-Saxon plutocrats, as it implies something not fully under their command. Hey, who would want such a good thing to come to an end? Command and order are everything. In the USA, those who have it all, and are in command, have achieved a level of relative income as high, or higher than in any of history’s most arrogant plutocracies:

The Rich In The USA Are Not Just Wealthier, They Are In An Other World. They Want That World To Become Yours, The Local Judge Will See To It

The Rich In The USA Are Not Just Wealthier, They Are In An Other World. They Want That World To Become Yours, The Local Judge Will See To It

What ails FIFA?

Money.

There are 600 million practitioners of Football in the world, making it, by far, the world’s most popular sport (Football is known as “soccer” only in the USA.)

Thus private television companies have been keen to purchase the rights for the Football World Cups. And they have been ready to spend whatever it takes, so enormous the profits from advertising to come.

The countries which have been able to muster large amounts of money to serve the World Cups monopolize these events. It takes a lot of investment in infrastructure for being able to organize a World Cup (several events with around 100,000 spectators each are held at the same time).

However there is a laudable desire to rotate World Cups among the 209 nations members of FIFA.

In the next rounds of World Cups, the USA and Great Britain were candidates. Both countries routinely organize Olympic games, and like money they spend and command to come around back to where they feel it belongs. Many of the TV companies which spend so much money on Football World Cups are giant Anglo-Saxon monopolies (or subsidiaries thereof), leveraged to giant, Anglo-Saxon dominated banks. (In other words, the usual puppeteers are pulling the strings.)

However, World Cups soon to come, were attributed to Russia and Qatar, infuriating those who view themselves as the true and righteous owners of the world.

So the British and American master puppeteers mobilized the means they usually order around, their intelligence services, James Bonds, international and national police, the NSA, CIA, FBI, “Five Eyes”, and the “Justice” systems, to remind the FIFA who was the boss. The uppity servants at the FIFA, including the usual French and Swiss suspects, were rolled out under a cloud of suspicion. Anglo-Saxon plutocracy is good at treating the innocent as if they were culprit.

This is why Russia’s Putin considers the head of FIFA to be a hero.

Naturally, genuine progressives, democrats and republicans want FIFA to be clear of corruption. However, American Football, the one played by crashing into other people’s brains deliberately, is much more corrupt than the sport which FIFA administers, while not under investigation by the authorities of the USA. In spite of the giant amounts of money circulating in all sorts of ways, and the medical and moral hazard it represents.

After all concussion is a huge problem in American Football, much more than in FIFA’s football (although it exists there too). And the quantities of money spent, and the way they seem to corrupt what should be the main function of education in so-called “universities” are alarming.

In general, the circulation of giant quantities of money in so-called “Dark Pools” and “Shadow Banking”, related to tax havens (most of which are in the Anglo-Saxon sphere of influence) is the essence of corruption nowadays, and the leaders of FIFA are very small players in that game. Focusing on FIFA is a way to divert attention, and make everybody believe, once again, that the center of the plutocratic empire is white as snow.

So one may say that FIFA is suffering not just from too much money circulating around. It also suffers from easily falling under American anti-corruption laws targeting non-Americans. And from having forgotten that the world’s most popular game should respect the wishes of the authorities and powers that be. One can play the game, as long as one follows the rules written in the USA. FIFA, by the standards of the USA, is a small corporation which forgot that it is there to serve much larger American corporations and interests.

Journalists linked FIFA leadership with corruption, bribery, and alleged vote-rigging pursuant to the election of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the organization’s decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. These allegations led to the indictments of nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. On 27 May 2015 several of these officials were arrested by obedient Swiss authorities, who launched a criminal investigation into how FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Those among these officials who were also indicted in the U.S. are expected to be extradited to face charges there. Switzerland is a country with no more population than the San Francisco Bay Area (8 million). The difference is that just one San Francisco Bay Area company is present all over the world Internet: it makes the “routers”, specialized computers that direct Internet traffic. CISCO (yes, San FranCISCO): get it?) The Internet was invented by CERN, now it is the source of profit for giant American corporations, mastering the world with ever increasing power, telling the president of the USA where he is going to sleep.

By far, the highest paid executives in the world are not at FIFA, but in the corporations of the USA. And that’s the entire point which FIFA forgot. The remedy would have been to attribute a World Cup to the USA.

As I listened to reaction in Europe, in various countries, European pundits did not follow the preceding approach. Instead they tended to marvel at the American Justice system, how thorough it was. Yet, in the end, a few tenths of millions of dollars at most circulated under the table. When an individual such as Elon Musk makes 12 billion dollars in seven years thanks to lots of subsidies of various types in the reign of Obama I, nobody investigates this hefty compensation: neither journalists, nor justice, nor what passes in the USA for intellectuals (MIT’s Chomski).

Europe is doubly at fault: first it does not have Federal structures of investigation and prosecution, as the USA has. Second, and worst, it’s naive to not realize that, had the head of FIFA walked around proudly with Obama, as Elon Musk did, the money, much greater amounts of money, would have circulated in the New World Order, where it belongs (at least that’s what the New World Order feels). The American system would then have anointed FIFA.

Thus instead of one possibly suspicious payment of 2 (two!) million dollars to the head of the European Football association, Michel Platini, one of the world’s greatest football player, ever, one would talk billions, but billions that would flow where American corporations exert control, and thus where American plutocracy commands. Trillions of  “payments” in service of the New World Order as managed form the USA, that’s not corruption, but the Free Market at its best.

American CEOs head the world’s most powerful corporations, and are paid like kings. It’s hard work to be so mean. And this is just the dusting of snow, on top of the iceberg. The real power if in Dark Pools. The corporation known as FIFA forgot its place in the pecking order. Let them eat cake in American prisons, learning, the hard way, who, in this world, is really the boss.

Patrice Ayme’

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19 Responses to “What Ails FIFA?”

  1. Gmax Says:

    Hard hitting, as usual, and right on target. The American public feels justice is done when a lynching or witch hunt is conducted. To see American judges prosecute aliens fulfills US patriotism

    • Chris SnuggsC Says:

      Sorry – this is more infantile Yank-bashing. Let’s stick to the facts:

      A) FIFA is massively riddled with appalling corruption.

      B) Blatter has been running it for 2 decades.

      C) American investigators have started to clean these Augean stables of shame.

      You’d think the Americans would get some credit sometime, somewhere, from someone. But apparently not from you.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        It’s not yank bashing. You should re-read. The biggest amount they have been able to roll out was 12 million dollars. When Obama gives 2 billions (BILLIONS, with a B), a year, to Musk, through NASA, that’s all right, Congress agreed to it (like when the French Parliament made it so that BHL, the super great philosopher, would become a billionaire).

        Also the de facto monopolies of some super giant companies I will not even dare to name. They are obviously violating the spirit of all sorts of laws, and one is talking about trillions, with a T… And all we are supposed to worry about is whether Platini did not really work for FIFA when he got 2 millions (m, like minimus).

        I would recommend that you come live in the USA for a year or two… 😉

        The truth is that people are indoctrinated into what is corruption, and what is not

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Gmax is a rather striking product of American success. However, no American, in my opinion is fully successful until she, or he is revolted by the present system. A close family member of mine spends much more than $100,000 dollars a year on the education of his two children. This is now viewed as normal here.
        Think about what it means… The median family earns $55,000. To what one has to add a typical 20,000 dollars in health insurance and premiums, for a family of four…

      • Gmax Says:

        Funny you are, Chris. Yankee bashing? Wow. America is not what you think. You plain have no idea. Money is everything here, you couldn’t take it. You complain too much

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Yes, something amusing is how American justice deals with foreigners, or foreign born, or non-properly colored, or connected citizens of the USA, for that matter. It makes Cameron’s and Marine Le Pen’s most cruel wishes come very short.

  2. Chris SnuggsC Says:

    FIFA? Actually, it is all quite simple:

    “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

    Someone famous called Carlyle said that, and what I say is:

    “Anything can be abused, and will be abused by someone, somewhere, sometime.”

    OIn this case, a position of trust was abused, and on a galactic scale.

    What you add to this the fact that a % of humans have no conscience, you realize the need to have someone custodying the custodians, which is why of course those “Founding Fathers” built such a secure system of checks and balances into the United States Constitution. The more I read and think about THAT the more respect I have for the foresight of those people, Jefferson et al.

    As for FIFA, there WERE no checks and balances, enabling Blatter to bribe officials and organisations in the developing countries (including it seems France), which explains his contiued support despite the absolutely grotesque behaviour which has been revealed; by the Americans it seems – which means of course that they can’t be all bad, or even that they can’t ALL be bad.

    I hope Blatter et al are locked up for the rest of their sordid, worthless and shameful lives, though Blatter continues to display a level of pathological self-delusion that could power an entire week’s conference of psychiatrists.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Lord Dalberg-Dalton, a historian, apparently originated the quote.
      I do not contest that football is corrupt, and in particular FIFA. Actually, left to me, I would apply Einsenhower tax, 93%, to start with. Very rich football clubs are all, quasi by definition corrupt. Some new antibiotics would nee, to be developed, less than one of these brainless ball kickers get.

      The point being, as I said, that corruption greater by four orders of magnitude is not just tolerated, but even not viewed as such.

  3. Paul Handover Says:

    Good to see Chris spelling it out. All I can add is a small correction. That is that soccer is a name that is used in Great Britain for football. Soccer is sometimes used to differentiate it from the other football: rugby football.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      OK, thanks for the correction, Paul. It actually answers a question I had in my head. I will tweak the essay. Do you mean that when one says “football” in England, people don’t understand what the rest of the world means by “football”?

      Chris is excitable, and that’s very good. But the straw in front of his eye hides the forest. My point was that corruption in the USA, while being orders of magnitude greater than in Europe, is also perfectly legal (the president “rises” money, for a political party, like it were a sunken ship…)

      Also calling a woman from Vegas (I know that much about Gmax!) “American bashing” is silly. Many people living inside the USA are extremely critical of the USA. It’s just that they can never get anyone elected who is not propelled by giant money (as Obama, unfortunately was, and I knew this, but did not expect him to just do what he was told, but then everybody told me: the menace was implicit…)

      • Chris Snuggs Says:

        The American use of the word “football” is weird and illogical, as it is played almost entirely by hand. As Spock is my hero, and I am sure he would have complained about this.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          And so did I.
          Yet, a point is missed.
          The entire point of “football”.
          This is to have young men engage in something violent and stupid. Its name may as well be an outrage too.

  4. Chris Snuggs Says:

    I try to keep things simple and logical:

    A) FIFA has been obviously corrupt for decades.

    B) The Americans have done something about this, where nobody else did or could.

    C) For B), the Americans should be praised, not criticised.

    D) Any other American sins (of which there are no doubt many) are completely irrelevant to the above argument.

    I stand by this, and do not need to live in the USA to understand the obvious.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Chris: Any logic L is immersed in a meta-logic ML. If the logic L is devious enough, it makes ML devious too.
      The reasoning you are following is exactly the reasoning the Americans want you to follow. It does not have to do with Russia deserving the World Cup, or not.

      The truth is the opposite, it has to do with the fact the USA thinks it, or one of its satellites (Canada, Britain, Australia say) should organize the World Cup (just as with Olympic Games). It’s also why they only find the Russians to be using drugs in sports, when it’s pretty obvious that many under USA corporate contracts are drugged out, or they are supermen/superwomen.

      Europeans, in general, are naïve turkeys. Or little babies. Uncle Sam comes, tell them they are bad, and steal their lunch. European baby cries, Uncle Sam comes back, and baby says: “I have been bad”. Then Uncle Sam consoles the baby he just stole, and give him some gruel, and baby says “Thank you, Uncle”.

      Pathetic.

      The FIFA ethics commission did not find an ethical violation. What it found was culprits, scapegoats. The American witch hunt led by prosecutor Michael Garcia was all about the assignement of the World Cup to Russia and Qatar. It’s a Swiss software program which found the payment, and Swiss prosecutors who spoke about it.

  5. dominique deux Says:

    Football is not a sport.
    News about football are not about a beautiful dribbling run, a superb goal or subtle tactics. (well, only rarely).
    News about football are about buying and selling people, rigging games and feeding TV networks (with money originating from the consumers’ pockets, via advertising budgets).
    Video games about football are not about pushing a ball around, they are about “managing” a team, ie, selling and buying people, again.
    Football is not a sport. It is a worldwide educational program aimed at force-feeding the weak of mind a few simple notions plutocracy needs accepted and unquestioned:
    Selling and buying people is just business as usual
    Your money is ours, our money is ours.
    So the issue of whether corruption among corrupters is major or minor is, IMHO, completely irrelevant. Let one arm of plutocracy (the US law system) discipline another, underperforming arm of the same, that’s no skin off my nose, like when Cosa Nostra branches shoot it out over the loot.

    • Chris Snuggs Says:

      Agreed. I recall another proverb: “Money is the root of all evil.”, which of course does not mean that money cannot do good, only that it is at the root of (almost all) bad.

      It is interesting that football mirrors society in concentrating more and more money into the hands of fewer and fewer people. ( the rapidly increasing wealth gap). How can anyone get excited about Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea winning when they have so much money? There is no merit in winning when the contest is unfair. Football clubs should be handicapped according to income/wealth as jockies are in horseracing or as in amateur golf. Then we have a “level playing field.”.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Agreed to all 100%. I was not flying to the rescue of corrupt football, panem & circenses. Let me quote Wiki on Juvenal:

      “This phrase PANEM & CIRCENSES originates from Rome in Satire X of the Roman satirical poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100). In context, the Latin panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. Here Juvenal displays his contempt for the declining heroism of contemporary Romans.[5] Roman politicians passed laws in 140 B.C. to keep the votes of poorer citizens, by introducing a grain dole: giving out cheap food and entertainment, “bread and circuses”, became the most effective way to rise to power.

      … Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses[6]


      […] iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli / uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim / imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se / continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, / panem et circenses. […]
      (Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81)

      Juvenal here makes reference to the Roman practice of providing free wheat to Roman citizens as well as costly circus games and other forms of entertainment as a means of gaining political power. The Annona (grain dole) was begun under the instigation of the popularis politician Gaius Sempronius Gracchus in 123 B.C.; it remained an object of political contention until it was taken under the control of the autocratic Roman emperors.”

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