Hans-Joachim Eckert To Deliver His ‘Report’ To FIFA On 2018/2022 World Cup Bids

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~~  So many questions, so little public answers….. But at the end of the day, raise your hand if you think Michael Garcia’s findings about the flawed 2018 and 2022 votes see the day of light at some point in the ‘near’ future?  I just can’t see how, if this report is as explosive as it seems to be, it doesn’t see the light of day….  Someone HAS to get a hold of it, right?!?!

But here’s the thing… FIFA operates as essentially a stand alone right?  But when does the angle of THE MONEY being passed around come into play from an international law perspective?

via FIFA

The investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has conducted an investigation, led by chairman Michael J. Garcia, into the bidding process for the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. The resulting report was delivered to the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, in September, since when repeated demands have been made for the report to be published. At the present time, Hans-Joachim Eckert is preparing his statement on the investigatory chamber’s report, and he has answered some questions for FIFA.com in this regard.

FIFA.com: When can we expect your statement?
Hans-Joachim Eckert: The report of the investigation into the bidding process for the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups comprises hundreds of pages as well as numerous annexes. Carefully working through all this material takes time. As things currently stand, I expect the statement to be ready by mid-November at the latest.

What exactly will the statement include?
The statement will contain an overview of the investigation report, a summary of the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report, as well as a brief evaluation of the same.

Why will Michael Garcia’s report not be published in full?
Firstly, it must be pointed out that the main report has been produced not by Michael Garcia alone, but also by the deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee Cornel Borbély. In fact, the report into Russia and the USA was produced solely by Cornel Borbély. This is because Michael Garcia was unable to take part in some parts of the investigation due to the possibility of conflicts of interest, for example in the case of the American bid (as he is a US citizen). Publishing the report in full would actually put the FIFA Ethics Committee and FIFA itself in a very difficult situation legally. What is more, we have to respect the personal rights of the people mentioned in the report, which in the case of full publication of the report would in all likelihood not be possible.

The impression has sometimes been given in the media that you and Michael Garcia are in disagreement about whether the report can be published or not. How do you see this situation?
No, that is not the case. Michael Garcia has never said that the report should be 100 per cent published. He merely said that the ‘appropriate’ publication of his report should be authorised. The deputy chairman of the adjudicatory chamber and I now have the task of drawing up this appropriate form for publication. Part of my current examination involves deciding what form this appropriate publication should take, whether this means issuing a statement regarding the investigation report or whether certain parts of the investigation report will be published while maintaining anonymity, or indeed a combination of these possibilities. This decision is exclusively a matter for the adjudicatory chamber – neither the investigatory chamber nor the FIFA Executive Committee can decide. The main requirement is that personal rights must not be damaged.

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Video :: Southampton Scores 8 Goals on Sunderland – Highlights

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Southampton, Sunderland

The Saints demolished Sunderland on the way to their biggest ever Premier League win with an 8 (eight) – nil win at St Mary’s. The first half was bad enough for Sunderland with an own goal and two legit goals, but a second half explosion of 5 made this match laughable by the end. *

Southampton :: Santiago Vergini (OG 12′), Graziano Pelle (18′), Jack Cork (37′), Liam Bridcutt (OG 63′), Graziano Pelle (69′), Dusan Tadic (78′), Victor Wanyama (79′), and Sadio Mane (86′)

* Do they not like their coach?

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The World’s FIRST “Black PROFESSIONAL Footballer” Arthur Wharton gets a statue

Filed under: Legends

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A statue honoring Arthur Wharton has been unveiled at St. George’s Park.

The 16-foot permanent memorial will recognize the pioneering achievements of Wharton, the world’s first black professional footballer. The statue, by acclaimed sculptor Vivien Mallock, stands in the centre of the St. George’s Cross in the memorial garden at the entrance to the FA’s National Football Centre.

Arthur Wharton was born in Ghana in 1865, moved to the UK in 1882 and was signed by Darlington at the age of 19. He had moved to Darlington with the intention of training as a Methodist missionary but opted instead to become a full-time athlete. And during a career that spanned 17 years, he went on to play as a goalkeeper for Preston North End, Rotherham Town, Sheffield United and Stockport County.

Not just skilled with a ball, Wharton was a true all-round athlete. In 1886 he became the Amateur Athletics Association’s national 100-yard running champion – and become the first man to run 100 yards in ten seconds flat.

This, is an athlete.

Arthur Wharton statue dedication

* He was an all-round sportsman – in 1886, he set a then world record of 10 seconds for a 100-yard sprint in the AAA championship. He was also a keen cyclist and cricketer, playing for local teams in Yorkshire and Lancashire. However, Wharton is best remembered for his exploits as a footballer; while he was not the first mixed-race footballer in the United Kingdom — leading amateurs Robert Walker and Scotland international Andrew Watson predate him — he was the first mixed-race footballer to turn professional.

In 2003 Wharton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of the impact he made on the game.

* Random Side note * Did you check out this cats lettuce?!!?

ridiculous wig

Read more:

Arthur Wharton: the world’s first black professional footballer – BBC Sport

Arthur Wharton – Wiki

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Video :: Oscar’s Free Kick Goal against Crystal Palace

Filed under: Chelsea, Crystal Palace, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Goals, Highlights

After Willian wins a free kick for Chelsea in the sixth minute, Oscar serves a right footed shot to the top left corner to put the visitors up 1 – nil early, as they look to avenge a late season loss last year that effectively ended their pursuit of a BPL title.

Beautiful set piece. #Oscar

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Watch :: David Beckham’s Extended HAIG CLUB™ Ad

Filed under: Brands, Culture & Lifestyle, David Beckham

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Haig Club Exclusive – Guy Ritchie’s extended cut of David Beckham in the new Haig Club TV ad.

Haig Club will officially launch on October 17th with the release of a global film, ‘Welcome’, featuring David Beckham and shot by director Guy Ritichie. The film weaves together a series of epic journeys made between a group of friends through the Highlands, as they head towards a Scottish estate.

The action culminates in an iconic toasting ritual with Haig Club at it’s heart, showing our group toasting their friendship and camaraderie in front of the Scottish Loch they have been venturing towards, before revealing the same toasting moment across a number of stunning locations across the globe.

The film also features the track ‘Left Hand Free’ from Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J. Left Hand Free, which also officially launches on 17th October, is a single from the band’s Number One album This Is All Yours.

* This is a fantastic fucking ad. I want in. I want to be at this gathering. I want some of this scotch. We posted about this a couple of weeks ago when we first got wind of the latest offering from Becks, and this commercial only helps in my need for a sip of this medicine.

Guy Ritchie did his thing. The setting looks amazing. The talent in this video is spot on. Becks looks like a million bucks, as always. This looks like a really good time, and I will reiterate it, I’m very intrigued by this bottle. I’m going to get my hands on some of this stuff, and then tell you guys all about it.

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Bob Marley’s Daughter helps save the “Reggae Girlz” – Jamaican National Team

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Jamaica, Music

Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, Usain Bolt and Grace Jones helping to crowdsource funds for the Jamaican Reggae Girlz’ 2015 World Cup efforts.

This story makes my heart happy! And the Reggae Girlz are all about business. Jamaica posted a 3-0 win over Martinique in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC) opener for both on Thursday at Sporting Park in KC.

* Q: How badly do I need this “Strike Hard Reggae Girlz” shirt? A: Very badly.

cedella marley jamaica

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Watch :: Houston Dynamo “2014 Fan Appreciation” Video

Filed under: Fans, Houston Dynamo, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Supporters

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Relive all of the best fan moments of the 2014 Dynamo season in this cool fan appreciation video they posted on their youtube page.

* If there is one thing that soccer does, and the MLS does, better than any other professional sports league in the United States, and the world really, is show appreciation for their supporters. There is no doubt that the soccer world and community would be a shadow of itself without the support of fans all over the place and Houston is no different. Interesting note, and I’ll plead a little bit of ignorance here, is that Houston is literally in the top three Neilsen rankings of soccer communities in the United States.

I know / knew that their supporters are lowkey underrated, but I didnt think it was like that. Shouts out to everything that is going down in Houston and what the Dynamo have created. Well done!

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Video :: USWNT v. Guatemala Goals – Highlights

Filed under: Guatemala, Highlights, US National Team, us soccer, US Women

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* Now this is more like it after that Trinidad and Tobago debacle.

US WNT 5 – 0 Guatemala : Scoring Summary

USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux) – 7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux) – 46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd) – 57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe) – 58
USA – Megan Rapinoe – 66 *

The U.S. WNT put away Guatemala with a four-goal second half outburst in both teams’ second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

uswnt v guatemala 2

* Rapinoe’s goal was goal of the night. Man, do I love Megan Rapinoe.

* I’m exaggerating when I say debacle. A win is a win. But that 1 – nil was an ugly win. I’ll take it though.

Bad note though, in the 37th minute, Alex Morgan collided with Guatemala defender Londy Barrios and injured her left ankle. Reports are that she attempted to put pressure on it on the sidelines but was eventually forced to exit the game and replaced by Christen Press in the 42nd minute.

The latest is that she sprained her ankle and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

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