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The Sunday Times and the plot to buy the World Cup

 The Sunday Times last night published the most significant FIFA story since evidence emerged of bribes linked to Mohamed Bin Hammam’s presidential campaign three years ago. The story – based on leaks of ‘hundreds of millions of emails, accounts and other documents’, seemingly from the AFC of which Bin Hammam was president until his fall - takes up the first eleven pages of the paper’s print edition. 

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Posted on Sunday, June 1st 2014

Jerome Champagne: The Outsider

 The campaign for the FIFA presidency kicks off today when the former FIFA deputy secretary general, Jerome Champagne, will announce in a central London hotel his candidacy for an election that will not take place for a further 18 months. 

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Posted on Monday, January 20th 2014

What next for Asian football? Lessons from the AFC Congress

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The dust has settled, the stories have been filed (read my in depth take on the AFC election in the next issue of The Blizzard, which is due out the first week in June), the jetlag over. So what did a few days in Malaysia earlier this month - at the AFC Congress and the confederation’s elections - tell us about the state of Asian football, and football politics? 

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Posted on Sunday, May 19th 2013

Crisis in Indonesian football

Posted on Sunday, May 19th 2013

Sheikh Salman "Not Fit" to Lead AFC Blasts Rival

AFC presidential candidate Yousuf al-Serkal says that his rival Sheikh Salman is ‘not fit’ to lead the confederation following allegations about human rights abuses in his native Bahrain. Plus a preview of the AFC elections, on the scene in Kuala Lumpur

Posted on Sunday, May 19th 2013

FIFA fails the first reform test

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Two months out from a FIFA Congress in which the organisation’s reform roadmap will be voted upon, a less than convincing press conference by its president Sepp Blatter and Exco member Theo Zwanziger betrayed the likelihood that hopes for ambitious change so sorely needed are unlikely to be realised.

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Posted on Thursday, March 21st 2013