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2013-03-27 04:06:58 PM
Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.
 
2013-03-27 04:23:53 PM
FIFA is a monopoly, man.
 
2013-03-27 04:32:22 PM

cman: FIFA is a monopoly, man.


But unlike Major League Baseball they failed to payoff the United States Government.
 
2013-03-27 04:47:34 PM
given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.
 
2013-03-27 04:51:24 PM
Now we just need to get the UN to oversee the FBI probe into FIFA. For maximum trolling.
 
2013-03-27 04:51:26 PM

A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.


We just need mitt romney to grease the wheels again.
 
2013-03-27 04:53:49 PM
Please bust Sepp Blatter....Please bust Sepp Blatter.... Please bust Sepp Blatter....   also plenty of fifa & ex-fifa in the caribbean could use some love.....
 
2013-03-27 04:57:51 PM

Treygreen13: Now we just need to get the UN to oversee the FBI probe into FIFA. For maximum trolling.


Lol. Great idea
 
2013-03-27 05:02:40 PM

A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.


With FIFA it'd be nice to see a file or 300 "accidentally" end up on Wikileaks or the NYTimes.
With the Olympics, symbolically it is sad but in truth the financial sinkhole of running them makes it OK.  I get more angry about the corrupt judges or refs who sway individual results - phantom foul calls or point deductions.
 
2013-03-27 05:03:34 PM
Why would the FBI investigate FIFA?!

Wouldn't that be the CIA?

oh and WorldCup
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2013-03-27 05:12:21 PM
Wait, some form of corruption? In FIFA?

INCONCEIVABLE.
 
2013-03-27 05:28:05 PM

Lost Thought 00: A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.

We just need mitt romney to grease the wheels again.


that's the one that the ioc is all pissy about since the government had the audacity to investigate and prosecute bribery cases surround the salt lake games.

/i'm ok not hosting the olympics since they tend to be a money sinkhole.
 
2013-03-27 05:42:25 PM

FishyFred: Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.


No "probably" about it. They bribed voters.
 
2013-03-27 06:04:28 PM
I'm telling you, the Borovsky "suicide" in London is tied into this mess. How do you think Russia got the bid for 2018? Borovsky obviously had the dirt, and he had ties to Andrew Jennings because of their mutual contacts in Chechyna - Jennings was the one who blew the lid off the deal with Qatar, remember?. Plus, he'd made enemies of Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea F.C. and George Soros, who owns Manchester United. That doesn't even go into the whole mess with Putin's involvement with the bid and the feud between him and Borovsky.

Of course, Litivinenko and Borovsky were good friends and allies, as well - and through Litivinenko, you get an anti-FIFA ally in Romano Prodi, former "PM" of the European Union (and KGB agent who worked with Litivinenko). True, Prodi's mostly on the back burner these days and Litivinenko is dead, but it's not hard to think that Borovsky would've scooped some dirt on this from a notorious Sepp Blatter enemy. That doesn't even mention his contacts with International Sport and Leisure, FIFA's marketing arm that licensed TV rights to World Cups, which he was a part of through his media empire in Russia.
 
2013-03-27 06:13:19 PM

seumasokelly: FishyFred: Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.

No "probably" about it. They bribed voters.


Yep actual envelopes full of $100 bills style bribes, sorry, "donations for the delegates chosen charities that were paid in cash to avoid banking charges and tax issues"

/i kid you not
//thats the excuse they used
 
2013-03-27 06:16:23 PM

A Fark Handle: Lost Thought 00: A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.

We just need mitt romney to grease the wheels again.

that's the one that the ioc is all pissy about since the government had the audacity to investigate and prosecute bribery cases surround the salt lake games.

/i'm ok not hosting the olympics since they tend to be a money sinkhole.


Mitt was brought in to clean up the corruption and make sure the Games went on.

He did well.
 
2013-03-27 06:17:37 PM

Norfolking Chance: seumasokelly: FishyFred: Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.

No "probably" about it. They bribed voters.

Yep actual envelopes full of $100 bills style bribes, sorry, "donations for the delegates chosen charities that were paid in cash to avoid banking charges and tax issues"

/i kid you not
//thats the excuse they used


The amount of heat-related casualties in the stands and on the fields will be EPIC if they insist on holding the World Cup at the height of summer.
 
2013-03-27 06:24:41 PM

phyrkrakr: I'm telling you, the Borovsky "suicide" in London is tied into this mess. How do you think Russia got the bid for 2018? Borovsky obviously had the dirt, and he had ties to Andrew Jennings because of their mutual contacts in Chechyna - Jennings was the one who blew the lid off the deal with Qatar, remember?. Plus, he'd made enemies of Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea F.C. and George Soros, who owns Manchester United. That doesn't even go into the whole mess with Putin's involvement with the bid and the feud between him and Borovsky.

Of course, Litivinenko and Borovsky were good friends and allies, as well - and through Litivinenko, you get an anti-FIFA ally in Romano Prodi, former "PM" of the European Union (and KGB agent who worked with Litivinenko). True, Prodi's mostly on the back burner these days and Litivinenko is dead, but it's not hard to think that Borovsky would've scooped some dirt on this from a notorious Sepp Blatter enemy. That doesn't even mention his contacts with International Sport and Leisure, FIFA's marketing arm that licensed TV rights to World Cups, which he was a part of through his media empire in Russia.


George Soros doesn't own Man U. Other than that 8/10.
 
2013-03-27 06:33:07 PM

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: phyrkrakr: I'm telling you, the Borovsky "suicide" in London is tied into this mess. How do you think Russia got the bid for 2018? Borovsky obviously had the dirt, and he had ties to Andrew Jennings because of their mutual contacts in Chechyna - Jennings was the one who blew the lid off the deal with Qatar, remember?. Plus, he'd made enemies of Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea F.C. and George Soros, who owns Manchester United. That doesn't even go into the whole mess with Putin's involvement with the bid and the feud between him and Borovsky.

Of course, Litivinenko and Borovsky were good friends and allies, as well - and through Litivinenko, you get an anti-FIFA ally in Romano Prodi, former "PM" of the European Union (and KGB agent who worked with Litivinenko). True, Prodi's mostly on the back burner these days and Litivinenko is dead, but it's not hard to think that Borovsky would've scooped some dirt on this from a notorious Sepp Blatter enemy. That doesn't even mention his contacts with International Sport and Leisure, FIFA's marketing arm that licensed TV rights to World Cups, which he was a part of through his media empire in Russia.

George Soros doesn't own Man U. Other than that 8/10.


Damn you beat me to it. It's the Glazers who own Man U.
 
2013-03-27 06:53:14 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Norfolking Chance: seumasokelly: FishyFred: Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.

No "probably" about it. They bribed voters.

Yep actual envelopes full of $100 bills style bribes, sorry, "donations for the delegates chosen charities that were paid in cash to avoid banking charges and tax issues"

/i kid you not
//thats the excuse they used

The amount of heat-related casualties in the stands and on the fields will be EPIC if they insist on holding the World Cup at the height of summer.




At the time Qatar got the World Cup, they were promising these ultra-futuristic, elaborate systems to cool the stadiums down when it was 120+ degrees outside. After they got it, now these cooling methods are down to "We'll have some fans set up somewhere or another."
 
2013-03-27 07:01:08 PM

JohnAnnArbor: A Fark Handle: Lost Thought 00: A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.

We just need mitt romney to grease the wheels again.

that's the one that the ioc is all pissy about since the government had the audacity to investigate and prosecute bribery cases surround the salt lake games.

/i'm ok not hosting the olympics since they tend to be a money sinkhole.

Mitt was brought in to clean up the corruption and make sure the Games went on.

He did well.


By asking for a government bailout.
 
2013-03-27 07:25:26 PM
So I guess I won't ever see another World Cup in the States?
 
2013-03-27 07:38:16 PM
Whar Hero tag whar
 
2013-03-27 07:44:21 PM
2022 is going to be awesome.
 
2013-03-27 08:23:41 PM

VTGremlin: 2022 is going to be awesome.


A major source of this awesomeness will be the Qatar national team.
 
2013-03-27 08:31:42 PM

redmid17: drunk_bouncnbaloruber: George Soros doesn't own Man U. Other than that 8/10.

Damn you beat me to it. It's the Glazers who own Man U.


That's what Soros wants you to think.

cloudfront.mediamatters.org
 
2013-03-27 08:48:56 PM

macadamnut: VTGremlin: 2022 is going to be awesome.

A major source of this awesomeness will be the Qatar national team.


They've been doing okay recently.  They made the top 10 round in Asia WC Qualifying this year and are still in the running to advance, and made the quarterfinals of Asia Cup 2011.  They were oh so close to getting a draw AT South Korea yesterday. I don't see them being much worse than South Africa right now, but of course that's subject to change.
 
2013-03-27 09:05:57 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Why would the FBI investigate FIFA?!

Wouldn't that be the CIA?


Corruption, fraud, and bribery charges involving US officials and US money would fall under the FBI's jurisdiction.
 
2013-03-27 09:10:49 PM

phyrkrakr: I'm telling you, the Borovsky "suicide" in London is tied into this mess. How do you think Russia got the bid for 2018? Borovsky obviously had the dirt, and he had ties to Andrew Jennings because of their mutual contacts in Chechyna - Jennings was the one who blew the lid off the deal with Qatar, remember?. Plus, he'd made enemies of Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea F.C. and George Soros, who owns Manchester United. That doesn't even go into the whole mess with Putin's involvement with the bid and the feud between him and Borovsky.

Of course, Litivinenko and Borovsky were good friends and allies, as well - and through Litivinenko, you get an anti-FIFA ally in Romano Prodi, former "PM" of the European Union (and KGB agent who worked with Litivinenko). True, Prodi's mostly on the back burner these days and Litivinenko is dead, but it's not hard to think that Borovsky would've scooped some dirt on this from a notorious Sepp Blatter enemy. That doesn't even mention his contacts with International Sport and Leisure, FIFA's marketing arm that licensed TV rights to World Cups, which he was a part of through his media empire in Russia.


I can do you better with two words:

RUSSIAN

HOOKERS
 
2013-03-27 09:11:30 PM

Lunchlady: So I guess I won't ever see another World Cup in the States?


$$$$ says you will.  FIFA disparately wants US consumer money and the potential market is toooooo huge to not try to tap.

Similarly, the Olympics keep returning to the US because US cities will put out the money and US citizens will drop big money on all sorts of stupid crap as long as it has an Olympic logo next to a US flag.
 
2013-03-27 11:08:12 PM

FishyFred: Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.


There's still time for another invasion, allowing us to annex Qatar and turn it into our 51st state, thus allowing the games to technically be in the US.

/kidding
//mostly
///bitter
 
2013-03-28 02:26:25 AM

A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.


FIFA has a rule against governments competing in soccer operations and they are rather zealous in its enforcement. I wouldn't be shocked if they actually threatened to kick the US out of qualifying.
 
2013-03-28 03:16:04 AM

macadamnut: VTGremlin: 2022 is going to be awesome.

A major source of this awesomeness will be the Qatar national team.


Are they just going to buy up a bunch of Brazilians that aren't good enough to play for their real country or something? Because nothing would be more appropriate than a glorified club team being the hosts of this farce.
 
2013-03-28 03:19:06 AM

Treygreen13: Now we just need to get the UN to oversee the FBI probe into FIFA. For maximum trolling.


Nah, FIFA is way more powerful than the UN.
 
2013-03-28 03:19:06 AM

seumasokelly: FishyFred: Is this about Qatar? Because I'm still a little annoyed about how they (probably) got the World Cup.

No "probably" about it. They bribed voters.


Bribery? Of course not. It was only sheer honesty and a legitimate bid that led to the committee choosing a tiny desert nation with temperatures well over 100 degrees with a vague promise to develop quasi-magical cooling technology over a country with more than sufficient existing infrastructure and transport that was host to the most profitable and successful World Cup ever.

You might as well insinuate that football is utterly corrupt from top to bottom.

That being said, Scotland really must step in and take over the hosting somehow. Mainly because we don't stand a chance of qualifying again otherwise.
 
2013-03-28 03:56:24 AM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Treygreen13: Now we just need to get the UN to oversee the FBI probe into FIFA. For maximum trolling.

Nah, FIFA is way more powerful than the UN.


...I wish this weren't true, but of the two, FIFA's the only one that actually gets governments to do shiat.
 
2013-03-28 11:20:37 AM
Implying Sepp Blatter won't just pay off the FBI

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2013-03-28 01:41:41 PM

cameroncrazy1984: JohnAnnArbor: A Fark Handle: Lost Thought 00: A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.

We just need mitt romney to grease the wheels again.

that's the one that the ioc is all pissy about since the government had the audacity to investigate and prosecute bribery cases surround the salt lake games.

/i'm ok not hosting the olympics since they tend to be a money sinkhole.

Mitt was brought in to clean up the corruption and make sure the Games went on.

He did well.

By asking for a government bailout.


You sound like a Republican dealing with the improving economic figures.

Let it go.  It's okay.  You are allowed to admit that sometimes, just sometimes, the guys on the "bad guys' team" can accomplish something positive.  It doesn't invalidate yourtheology political ideology.
 
2013-03-28 02:27:20 PM

Gosling: A Fark Handle: given america's anti-bribery laws and our apparent intent to actually enforce them, i believe it's going to be a long long long time until either the world cup or the olympics return to american soil.

FIFA has a rule against governments competing in soccer operations and they are rather zealous in its enforcement. I wouldn't be shocked if they actually threatened to kick the US out of qualifying.


And yet they almost demand public funds for World Cup stadiums and other renovations.
 
2013-03-29 11:38:49 AM
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Apparently NOT.
 
2013-03-29 04:46:44 PM

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: George Soros doesn't own Man U. Other than that 8/10.


redmid17: Damn you beat me to it. It's the Glazers who own Man U.


Well, the Beeb says he bought 2% or so of their shares last fall when they were first offered on the NYSE. Good enough for a conspiracy theory, I thought. Might need to tailor it a bit more for a more euro-centric conspiracy theory. What are the Rothschilds up to these days? The Catholic Church is always good to toss into the mix. Any other good conspiracy magnets in Europe that could be roughed in through tenuous links and shady innuendo?
 
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