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Thatcherism and corruption of Fifa

Published 10/06/2015

So it's goodbye to Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who dodged a deadly bullet by not initially being implicated in the international bribery scandal and fell on his sword in feigned nobility.

It speaks volumes that not a thought was spared for the 1,200 migrant workers who have died so far building a stadium fit for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

However, the beleaguered boss will actually stay in his post until a fit replacement is elected.

US attorney general Loretta Lynch said the scandal was "rampant, deep-rooted and systemic". Fifa executives and corporate executives have now come under suspicion on no fewer than 47 counts of money laundering, tax evasion and racketeering.

It was reported in many Press outlets that such bribery has been going on for decades and has netted Fifa at least $150m.

I have no doubt that Maggie Thatcher would be proud. Her regime pioneered modern globalisation and deregulation and it didn't take long for corporate talking heads to turn the Beautiful Game into the very ugly racket it is known as today.

DAN PITT

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