When I talk about recreating the spirit of that world, the music is as important as the dialogue and the behavior. From 1947 on, music scored what was happening in the streets, the back rooms. And it affected, sometimes, the behavior of the people, because this music was playing in the streets. Jukeboxes were brought out during the summer. Windows were open, and you could hear what everybody else was listening to. It expresses the excitement of the time. Simply, it’s the way I saw life. The way I experienced life. - Martin Scorsese.
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Let’s talk about corruption… again
The last time we checked in with Sepp Blatter and associates, Sepp was jetting off to the Caribbean, while the rest of the world sat wringing it’s hands in nervous anticipation of Brazil meeting stadium deadlines for next year’s World Cup. But before Sepp catches a flight back to Zurich, he might want to stop for a chat with the fine folks from the CONCACAF region.
In a report just released by CONCACAFs Integrity Committee, the result of a multi-year investigation into alleged corruption, former CONCACAF President Jack Warner and former Secretary General Chuck Blazer were definitively shown to have defrauded and misled both FIFA and CONCACAF for millions of dollars. From using FIFA funds to pay off personal credit cards, to siphoning portions of CONCACAF sponsorships as personal commissions, the corruption was surprisingly unrestrained. Here are a few highlights taken directly from the report:
- “Accounting records show that, from 1996 to 2011, Blazer received more than $20.6 million in compensation from FIFA.”
- “Blazer had administrative rights to the accounting system, and frequently made entries in the system by using his personal or admin login.”
- “Accounting for CONCACAF operations in Trinidad and Tobago…was controlled personally by Jack Warner.”
- “A review of the evidence showed that the auditor used by CONCACAF…was not independent and in fact possessed clear conflicts of interest.”