Soccer Break Tuesday – corrupt game?

May 10, 2011

Dominating football news on Tuesday are the allegations by David Triesman to a UK parliamentary inquiry that several FIFA executive committee members asked for favours in return for their votes for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.

Startling stuff, especially with the FIFA presidential election less than a month away and a third of the 24-man executive committee having been accused of corruption.

Current chief Sepp Blatter sought to distance himself from the committee on Tuesday. Rival Mohamed bin Hammam has been campaigning by pledging transparency and technology. Who do you want to clean up the game?

Click here for a timeline of events that have rocked FIFA over the past year.

Back to the pitch, and Liverpool’s blistering late-season form has got everyone talking after their 5-2 destruction of Fulham.

Not that Fulham are being ignored mind you, goalscoring midfielder Clint Dempsey very much a transfer target this summer.

More off pitch drama now and France coach Laurent Blanc has been cleared of racial discrimination.

Finally, back in England and it’s not good news for West Ham United fans. As if the Londoners lowly position in the Premier League and possible relegation is not worrying enough, their co-owner on Tuesday said the club’s financial position is far from rosy.

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Picture: Russia’s bidding team and FIFA president Sepp Blatter (C) pose for the picture after the announcement that Russia is going to be host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2018, in Zurich December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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