Part 2 of “FIFA – A Perfect Example Of How The World Works (in Pictures)”.
27 May 2015 – At the request of the US, seven Fifa officials are arrested by Swiss police – allegedly involved in the corruption of $150 million.
29 May 2015 – Sepp Blatter wins a fifth term as Fifa president.
2 June 2015 – Blatter resigns. Maybe he sensed a bigger storm coming.
Christopher Brooks added this to the comments in Pt1 – The ABC Lateline interview with Andrew Jennings. This part of the interview with Steve Cannane sums Sepp Blatter and Frank Lowy’s position for me:
ANDREW JENNINGS: Well, look: imagine your Cabinet is meeting in Canberra. The Cabinet is sitting around the desk. Suddenly the Australian fraud squad bursts through the door and arrests half the Cabinet. Your Prime Minister’s dead, isn’t he? If he didn’t know, he’s a fool, if he did know, he’s in the prison bus as well.
I mean, Blatter has been a micromanager since 1976. And, in fact, if you look at the criminal indictment there are things coming up that he had to know about. But he is a dead man walking.
And – Andrew Jennings says FFA chairman Frank Lowy should resign immediately over alleged lack of due diligence to the Australian tax payer, and in relation to the recent FIFA scandal. Article here.
I don’t play soccer/football and don’t belong to a football club, yet I have been aware of rumours of Fifa’s corruption for a long time. How then could Blatter and Lowy, who breathe football every day, claim they are not be aware of the bribery and corruption. Impossible.
This is how government, big business and big sport works in the world. These “respected” and influential men feed the corrupt crony system.
Side Note: In 2001 Mr Lowy shared the lease with Larry Silverstein for the World Trade Centre complex.