Sepp Blatter Says FIFA To Release ‘Appropriate’ Form Of Michael Garcia Corruption Report

Filed under: FIFA, Soccer News

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~~  While no one is sure what an ‘appropriate form’ means, it is pretty interesting to see this Blatter statement coming to life just two days after Michael Garcia announced his resignation publicly….

Can’t wait to see what Michael Garcia’s next statement is following up on this ‘FIFA Release’.

via FIFA

Based on the recommendation from Domenico Scala, the independent Audit and Compliance Committee Chairman, I have asked the FIFA Executive Committee to vote in favour of the publication of the 2018/2022 inquiry report by the investigatory chamber. The FIFA Executive Committee unanimously agreed to ask the Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to publish the report in an appropriate form once the ongoing procedures against individuals are concluded. I am pleased they have agreed. It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical. We have always been determined that the truth should be known. That is, after all, why we set up an independent Ethics Committee with an investigatory chamber that has all necessary means to undertake investigations on its own initiative. At the same time we also need to remember that while the report is complete, the investigations flowing from it are not. We must ensure that we do not jeopardise those investigations and the proceedings against various individuals already initiated by the independent Ethics Committee. Participants in the investigation also deserve to have their rights respected.

It is clear that while a summary of the report was issued, the publication of this report has become a barrier to rebuilding public confidence and trust in FIFA. Part of this is due to the fact that we have been deliberate in the way that we have moved through the process. We need to ensure that we respect the rules of our organisation and that we do not breach confidentiality in a way that will prevent people from speaking out in the future.

Now it is important that the work of the Ethics Committee continues and that any instances of wrongdoing are fully investigated and their perpetrators pursued and sanctioned. I have been informed that various cases against individuals for alleged rule violations have been opened by the investigatory chamber and are currently under review by the adjudicatory chamber. The organisation fully supports the rigorous pursuit of these cases. And, while FIFA as an organisation does not have prosecutorial powers, we have provided information and the full report from Mr. Garcia to the Swiss General Attorney’s Office and have pledged our cooperation.

But the report is about history and I am focused on the future. We will not revisit the 2018 and 2022 vote and a report by independent, external legal experts commissioned by Mr. Scala supports the view that there are no legal grounds to revoke the Executive Committee’s decision on the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. We are already in the process of incorporating recommendations made by independent experts including the Ethics Committee for how the FIFA World Cup selection process can be improved so that everyone can be confident that the 2026 bidding process will be fair, ethical and open.

The work over the past two years of the investigatory committee led by Mr. Garcia has played a valuable role in ensuring that FIFA rules are upheld and has resulted in a series of sanctions against individuals. Although we are disappointed that our work with Mr. Garcia has ended this way, I want to make it clear that our commitment to ethical standards is stronger than ever. As such I am pleased that the FIFA Executive Committee today appointed Cornel Borbély as acting Chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. Mr. Borbély will be responsible for leading the ongoing procedures and ensuring that they are pursued to the fullest extent.

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Trailer :: Knight Of Cups starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & Natalie Portman

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~  Some heavy hitters in this one…. And one of those movies that hits somewhat home for us Cali kids…. LA can be a dangerous and easy place to lose your way if you’re not careful.

Knight of Cups is a story of a man, temptations, celebrity, and excess from director Terrence Malick. Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick?s (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?

Writer / Director: Terrence Malick
Release: 2015
Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

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MLS Releases 2015 Opening Day Schedule

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

~~  Some big ones to start out the 2015 calendar…..

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake

Orlando City vs NYCFC

Seattle Sounders vs New England Revolution

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Nike Free Flyknit Chukka – Dark Obsidian / Lagoon Blue

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

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~~  They’re definitely not cheap, but if you get the chance to try these on…. You’re in trouble.

A good look at the Dark Obsidian / Lagoon Blue color way drop in Nike Free Flyknit Chukka, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.

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Soccer Books for Christmas

Filed under: Books, Culture & Lifestyle

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‘Tis the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis the weekend to finish shopping.

Speaking of shopping, Beans and I happened to be at the office yesterday and we were rapping about whats going on this weekend. We have an annual gathering of old friends around the holidays and this year a buddy of ours picked a watering hole located very close to a pretty popular shopping area.

Its not exactly a mall, but here in SoCal we have a lot of those open air retail / entertainment / experience places that combines shopping and restaurants and whatevs all designed to get in your pockets in an extreme way…. thats not important, whats important is 10 to 12 really good friends are going to get together and hang, drink, tell some old stories, tell some familiar jokes, etc. *

But, we also realized how crazy its going to be to park because of the fact that its the final weekend before the holiday AND a Saturday night in a very popular place.

That led to the question of, “Have you got all of your shopping done?”… Which led to us talking about books… which led to me looking around the office at some of the soccer books that we have…. which led me to say, “Hey, we should do a post about soccer books. You know, kind of a last minute thing for ideas if our guys and gals haven’t gotten all of their stuff sorted yet.”

Here are some of the better titles we have around the office.

Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer, Paperback – by David Goldblatt

Papers in the Wind, Paperback – by Eduardo Sacheri

Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry, Paperback – by Sid Lowe

Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet, Paperback – by Shane Stay

Goooal: A Celebration Of Soccer, Paperback – by Andreas Cantor

Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey, Paperback – by James Montague

Sneaker Wars: The Enemy Brothers Who Founded Adidas and Puma and the Family Feud That Forever Changed the Business of Sports, Paperback – by Barbara Smit

…and of course, two of the latest drops that we haven’t got at the office yet:

Coming Out to Play, Paperback – by Robbie Rogers and Eric Marcus

The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them, Hardcover – by Tim Howard

….and while you are at it, you should subscribe and give gift subscriptions to HOWLER MAGAZINE

* This has become a Christmas tradition for our team by the way… we used to do the white elephant thing or the secret santa thing or the whatever gift giving tradition thing, but about 7 or 8 years ago decided that was kind of silly. Ended up being too many people to shop for as the group grew and got kind of expensive, so someone had a brilliant idea (me!) that instead of all the extra shopping and gift-giving and trying to sort out getting everything to everyone (a bigger headache than you can imagine), lets make our gift to each other, each other.

As you probably know by now, more than anything, we just like getting the guys and the gals together and spending time. So, the suggestion was instead of spending hundreds on gifts, lets all just bring x-amount-of-dollars one night and have dinner and drinks and whatever would follow that as our gift to each other. We make sure that we make the time to spend time. Its works splendidly and works better and better as families have grown to includes children and things like that. The team always makes sure to get together.

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Video :: ETHAN KING on Huff Post Live “Helping Through Sports With ‘Charity Ball’”

Filed under: Charity Ball, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Social Issues

At 10 years old, Ethan King was determined to make an impact. By founding Charity Ball, which donates soccer equipment in developing nations, he’s been doing just that. He and his father join us live.

* You know how we feel about Ethan around here so seeing everything that he is doing these days and weeks and months and years before he becomes the President of the United States we love seeing. A good kid with a great heart and great family is making differences in the world. Ethan has chosen to do it through our game with Charity Ball.

Here, he and his father Brian were on Huff Post Live today talking about Charity Ball, how it was started, Ethan’s involvement, how excited they were to be in Brazil spreading the love… they also talk about what they’ve learned and take aways from what they are doing.

They also touch on Ethan’s fathers charity, Vox United which empowers the underprivileged people in other countries such as Africa by providing sustainable, clean water wells. Good stuff.

Find out more: Charity Ball : Vox United

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Feature Trailer Alert :: “AMERICAN SNIPER” aka I need to see this movie right now

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

The film stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict.

When we posted the first trailer, I really wanted to see this movie.

After seeing this trailer, I need to see this movie. I need to see it, as soon, as possible.

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Mario Balotelli gets ban and £25,000 fine for Instagram post : Apologizes Again

Filed under: English Football Association, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Liverpool, Mario Balotelli

Super Mario Balotelli recieved a one-match ban and £25,000 fine for his Instagram post a few weeks ago after being charged by the FA under rule E3, which cites as “aggravating factors” references to ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

As you can see above, Mario has apologized again after his original post / take down / apology.

Here is an image of the original “Be like Super Mario” post on the gram.

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker banned for one game and fined – BBC Sport

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