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FIFAが欲しいものは金、金、金

2014.06.22
今日のサンディ・タイムズのトップ記事は、サッカーのワールド・カップ開催権を愚弄して贅沢三昧の生活をし続けるFIFAが如何に、普段の生活の中でサッカーを愛し、夢を馳せている人々のことなど全く眼中にないことを証明している。

 タイムズの記事のリンクを張れないなと思っていたら、デイリィ・メイルがすぐにフォロー。

Fifa executive committee members 'awarded double pay rise' after new ethics rules ban bonuses
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664945/Fifa-executive-committee-members-award-double-pay-rise-new-ethics-rules-ban-bonuses.html

'All 25 members' of world football's governing body received pay rise
Their annual salaries allegedly shot from £59,000 to £118,000 this year
It comes after audit and compliance body said bonuses would be ditched
Allegations by The Sunday Times are the latest scandal to engulf Fifa

World football's top 25 officials have had their salaries doubled after a new ethics committee promised to stamp out their bonuses, an investigation has claimed.

It is alleged that Fifa - which faces corruption claims over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar - also offered to pay its executive committee in wads of cash through a Swiss bank account.

The claims today, revealed in a cache of millions of documents leaked to The Sunday Times, are the latest in a growing litany against the governing body of world football.

The executive committee led by President Sepp Blatter, Exco for short, is Fifa's most powerful body and numbers 25 top officials from the football world.

Britain's representative Jim Boyce is one of Exco's seven vice presidents and has already said he would support a rerun of the 2022 vote if corruption allegations are proven.

The revelations come just four months after Fifa promised to clean up allegations of corruption by scrapping bonuses to its committee.

A new audit and compliance body was formed in July 2012 and its chief, Domenico Scala, said in February that executives had agreed to scrap the bonuses because they could encourage unethical behaviour.

He said Exco was an 'oversight and decision-making body... not responsible for sales,' adding: 'We don’t want to provide a bonus to people overseeing the operations.'

But according to the report today in The Sunday Times, each of the 25 members' salaries has risen from £59,000 to £118,000 this year after the bonuses - reputedly worth £44,000 a year - were scrapped.

An unnamed Exco member told the newspaper the salary 'doubled to take account of the dropping of the bonus.'

The newspaper alleged Exco members enjoy generous expenses - including stays in a £200-a-night hotel in Rio de Janiero during the Brazil World Cup and more than £400 a day in generous expenses.

Leaked documents also claimed Exco members were allowed to take their salaries in envelopes full of cash at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

The timing of the revelations, during the current World Cup in Brazil, is devastating for Mr Blatter as he remains firmly in the public eye.

Brazilian authorities are already fighting unrest in large cities including Rio de Janiero over the huge amount spent on the tournament - and the vast profits for Fifa - in a country with extreme poverty.

The governing body of world football is highly secretive about the salaries it pays its top officials.

Accounts list the total of payments to Fifa's 'key management personnel', which includes not only the 25 Exco members but also directors and other top staff.

This figure was £21.3million last year - a rise of £1.6million in a year since 2012.

The pay of Fifa President Sepp Blatter and the other 24 members of Exco is now set by a compensation committee led by Mr Scala.

Earlier this month the chairman of the Britain's parliamentary committee for Culture, Media and Sport said Fifa needed a complete overhaul.

In a BBC interview earlier this month, John Whittingdale said an inquiry three years ago into the 2022 World Cup bidding process had received several allegations of 'potential corrupt payments'.

'Those were swept aside by Fifa, they weren't properly investigated, and that was three years ago,' he said.

'I don't think anybody is going to be that amazed to learned that the bid process is corrupted. It isn't sufficient just to have a rerun of a vote by a small number of people who conduct the vote in secret and are unaccountable.

'There needs to be a complete reform of Fifa.'

Fifa did not immediately return requests for comment.


 タイムズの記事によると、この25人の役職は「パート・タイム」で、出身国のサッカー界でも要職に就いているのだろう。ということは、給料、2回も貰っているのかな、と。

 これって、どこからどのような経路で払われている金?

 世界を巻き込んで暴利をむさぼるスポーツ業界は、サッカーとF1、そして21世紀のオリンピックが突出している。僕が知らないだけなのかもしれないが、例えばこの3団体が、世界で飢饉や水不足、内戦による避難民への医療や住宅援助への資金提供をしているのだろうか?

Sepp Blatter: why football deserves better than Fifa's toxic president
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/22/sepp-blatter-football-deserves-better-world-cup-brazil

According to Fifa, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa earned football's governing body over $3.5bn. The host country, by contrast, earned about $500m from the event, a poor return on the $4.5bn invested in stadiums and other infrastructure. Tumbleweed is now blowing around some of them.

Football fans around the globe are quite simply fed up with Fifa. It demands that countries seeking to hold its tournaments pass event-specific legislation – the Brazilian government conceded a host of conditions with its General World Cup Law in 2012. It insists on endless privileges for its representatives and sponsors, and it has a cabal-like structure that lacks any transparency. The announcement by Sepp Blatter that he intends to stand for a third term has enraged fans and, for the first time, provoked public rumblings of discontent among European member associations.

But their opposition at the Fifa Congress petered out after about five minutes and then it was back to North Korean-style Fifa proceedings, with Blatter's supporters from federations around the world being told they would all be pocketing a $700,000 bonus. The subsequent eulogies for the Swiss president would have made Kim Jong-un blush.

The decision to back Blatter's latest electoral bid came despite the growing revelations of corrupt practices surrounding the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar. His response was the habitual one that his PR advisers appear to suggest: an appeal to all "fair-minded" people to let his internal investigation take its course before arriving at a premature judgment.


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