Andrew Jennings, the investigative British reporter who has long been a thorn in the side of the International Football Federation, FIFA, wants to drag the federation into the 21st century and demands that it starts utilising the Internet to achieve the transparency that the organisation claims to aspire to.
What is the harvest like when a country with a 77-year-old membership of FIFA suddenly finds itself, as Antigua did in June 2003, shown the red card so its corrupt top-tier officials could not be got rid of electorally?
Delegates at Play the Game today decided to ask FIFA what action the organisation had taken when Burmese journalist Zaw Thet Htwe was sentenced to death because he published articles questioning how the Burmese Football Federation had spent money from FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme.
Knowledge bank: One hand, the military dictatorship used the soccer World Cup 1978 to gain political prestige at home and abroad. On the other, the Argentinians celebrated football because they regarded it as something of their own. Indeed, this World Cup had many faces...