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Did Blatter pay off Platini?

6:00 pm
The corruption is being weeded out and it is long overdue. At long last the highest figures in football who's responsibility is to uphold the integrity of the game and being seen to be grey rather than white. 

Swiss authorities Platini implicated in FIFA scandal

It is believed that Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, made a payment to Michel Platini, the head of UEFA, who had hoped to and no doubt still hopes to take over the top role. The Swiss Attorney General issues a statement which included:

"Mr. Joseph Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2.0 million Swiss francs ($2.04 million, 1.8 million euros) to Michel Platini, President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), at the expense of FIFA." 

The 'disloyalty payment' the statement claimed was made in February 2011 for alleged work performed between January 1999 and June 2002.

Sepp Blatter being questioned with charges waiting, his number two suspended amid a host of allegations and now UEFA chief Michel Platini implicated. We, of course, have our own controversy over here with the West Ham Olympic Park fiasco that smells rotten to the core. When are we going to get an honestly run game?

Later tonight at 9pm the West Ham naming rights scandal.

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Sepp Blatter to be charged

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Sepp Blatter to be charged

3:45 pm
Criminal proceedings have been opened against Sepp Blatter, the whiter than white leader of world football. He is currently being questioned by representatives of the Swiss Attorney General.

Sepp Blatter to be charged

His offices were searched and papers seized earlier today after an executive committee meeting. They are part of the investigation into what is believed to be his mismanagement and misappropriation and it is with these charges it is believed the Swiss Attorney General will charge him.

With FIFA and the Olympic Stadium it seems there is a lot wrong doing in football.

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Platini wants to stop the 'Stupid Rule'

9:30 am
Micael Platini was a skillful French international who clearly disliked being tackled. Upon retiring he has risen up to head UEFA and has sought to banish tackling to the sidelines. His vision has produced a world of divers and cheats who scream in pain and hold the wrong part of the anatomy when they have hardly been touched, if touched at all.
Michel Platini 'Stupid Rule'
Michel Platini wants to end the  'Stupid Rule'
It was a masterstoke of forward thinking. Referees give free kicks for the merest touch, yet you can have a fight at a corner and go unnoticed.

Alas the nutty Frenchman has not stopped there, now he wants to banish the 'stupid rule.' He wants the 'triple punishment' to end

The 'triple punishment' for those of you not aware, is the awarding of a penalty, the sending off of a player and his subsequent ban.

Before the qualifying draw for the European Championships 2016 he told reporters:

"For 15 years we have been trying to change this rule. All the technical committees of UEFA and FIFA are against this but when it has gone to the International Board (IFAB) it doesn't change."

This has come about because of two incidents in the Champions League when Man City and Arsenal players committed fouls and had to be sent off.

Michel Platini stop triple punishment
Michel Platini - Stop triple punishments
"Arsene Wenger said the referee killed the game but the referee had no choice - he has to respect this stupid rule" said Platini. "I am against it, and I want it to be changed

What the UEFA President is effectively saying is that a team should not be punished only have the chance of being punished for commiting fouls, which quite frankly is ludicrous. Awarding a penalty is not a punishment if the player misses, it is only the opportunity to be punished you are giving and that can not be right.

So what if it ruins a game, a player does not have to commit a foul, changing the rule simply gives him carte blanche to do so.

In December last year, Platini said: "I would change the system of cautions. I would do it like in rugby, where the perpetrator would be punished by being off the pitch for 10 or 15 minutes of the game. That means the team they are facing would benefit in the same match."

So all a team has to do is pack the defence for 10 minutes, and remember in every minute the ball is out of play for on average 20 seconds (in rugby they stop the clock Mr Platini), then they have got away with stopping a goal scott free, it's a rule that would allow cheats to prosper.

Time wasting would increase and you would lose more like 30 seconds a minute than 20, you would actually only 'punish' a side for 5 or 7 minutes and that is no punishment at all. Every manager in the world would take that 'punishment' at the drop of a hat.

Perhaps this is his back door way of allowing defenders to make tackles in the sterile footballing world he has created.

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The answer is for players not to commit fouls and if they are to punish them, oh yes we have that system in place already! Give the referee and his assistants video technology to help them get these decisions right (as they do in rugby Mr Platini and you refuse to allow), then the likes of Danny Rose would not get sent off and the culprit of cheating would get booked.

Michel Platini wants rule changes
Michel Platini proposes changes
FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a rare moment of lucid thought said he though the punishment was fit and proper, not words you'd normally associate with him. It is rare that I agree with anything that comes out of a corrupt FIFA organisation, but I have to agree with him here.

UEFA's executive committee has proposed including the issue on the agenda for next week's meeting of the International Football Association Board. This comprises 4 members from FIFA and 4 members of the International Football Association, 9 of which would have to vote for the amendment to be approved.

I'm hoping for another French defeat.

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Blatter - Brazil 2014 we may have made a mistake

8:30 am
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said Brazil might have been the wrong choice as 2014 World Cup hosts if the tournament is affected by more social protests similar to those seen in June at the Confederations Cup.

Then furious Brazilians demonstrated in the streets in quite massive numbers, hundreds of thousands of them took part in fact. The protests deflected attention away from the football and brought  the problems they were raising to the attention of the world's media. They were demonstrating a unity of public opinion demanding better public services and also to express their anger and sheer frustration over the amount of money being spent to stage the World Cup in 2014.

"If this happens again, we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights," Blatter told the German press agency DPA yesterday.

After the Confederations Cup was concluded FIFA spoke with the Brazilian government and Blatter said he will discuss the issue once again with the Brazil President Dilma Rousseff in September.

"We didn't do a political debriefing, but we did emphasize the fact of this social unrest being there for the entire duration of the Confederations Cup. The government is now aware that next year the World Cup shouldn't be disturbed" he said.

"To me, these protests were like alarm bells for the government, the senate, the parliament. They should work on it so that this is not going to happen again. Though protests, if peaceful, are part of democracy and therefore have to be accepted ... we are convinced the government, and especially the President, will find the words and the actions to prevent a repeat. They have a year to do so."

Mr Blatter wants to brush things under the carpet  it seems, the images it draws up of oppression and not ones I want to dwell upon. His incredible attitude, democratic protests are acceptable but they mustn't happen, is hardly surprising given the way he managed to get himself re-elected to the FIFA presidency.

He was speaking at the start of a two-day conference on sports, media and economy in Austria which was arranged by one of football's greats, Franz Beckenbauer.

The Confederations Cup, which was won by Brazil when they thrashed Spain in the final, was a focal point for an angry public who were voicing their displeasure with the billions spent on tournaments (they are also hosting the 2016 Rio Olympics) while they are forced to endure underfunded schools and hospitals.

The protests were originally organized by university students but they spread across the country to Confederations Cup host cities, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte.

"It's not we who have to learn lessons from the protests in Brazil - politics in Brazil have to do that," continued Blatter, adding that "FIFA cannot be held responsible" for social problems in the country.

"The decision for Brazil was the best decision we could make. It was the correct decision, we stick to this decision."

''First we have to complete the reforms, which are three-quarters done. I'll then have to deliver the World Cup ... the way the world looks now, I'll say yes or no (to standing again) at the next congress in Sao Paulo in 2014.

"FIFA should be taken over by someone who can take over a FIFA which is not just financially healthy, which it is now, but which also has credibility."

You have to admire the man's humour and total blindness to the truth. What credibility was he speaking of I wonder because as far as I am aware it is viewed as a corrupt organisation, who think takings bungs to decide votes in acceptable behaviour in a democratic society.

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