Why it’s time to boycott the World Cup – Fifa corruption, human decency, sponsor weakness and Russia 2018

Sepp Blatter has gone, but Fifa hasn’t changed. His legacy will be on display next summer: a festival of football glorifying one of the world’s most appalling regimes. Enough is enough, it’s time to turn the TV off.

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‘After Fifa, it’s time to bring reform home to England’: a piece for TheSecretFootballer.com

Below is a guest piece I wrote recently for The Secret Footballer’s site.

We are all piling-in on Fifa, Qatar and Russia – and rightly so in my view. But I think we need to guard against the idea that the problems are, effectively, the result of a greater propensity for and tolerance of corruption in other cultures. English football, I argue, needs reform now to safeguard it against following Fifa into the mire…

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‘No hiding place left’: an essay on Fifa for TheSecretFootballer.com

Below is a guest piece I wrote recently for The Secret Footballer’s site.

It’s an extended essay looking at Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert’s remarkable exposé of the Qatari World Cup bid. The book’s interesting for many reasons (not least that it has the same title as mine), but what really struck me about it was the overwhelming impression that Fifa is completely beyond help and can no longer be reformed from within.

If that’s really true, then what do we do?

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