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Two cheers for Indian football

Inside World Football

On the wall outside DYPatil stadium in what is navi Mumbai, the city that has been developed beyond the narrow confines of the south of the island where I grew up, there is a poster which reads: Come on India, let’s football.

The last time I was at the stadium was back in 2008 to see the final of the first Indian Premier League. Then it was packed to the brim and testified to the Indian love for cricket. Last week with the Indian cricket team in Australia I had come to see Athletico de Kolkata take on Mumbai City in the new Indian Super League and the contrast was evident.

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Transfer Fees – The Forgotten Mystery It’s time for Fifa to come clean on transfer fees

Atthematch.com

Everyone agrees, even Sepp Blatter President of FIFA that sports should be clean and like Caesar’s wife above suspicion. Many of us may not believe that Blatter means what he says as the utter mess his organisation has made of the probes into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids show. Blatter’s supporters argue what can the poor man do? He appoints a US attorney, evidence is taken under conditions of secrecy and the full report cannot be published because FIFA may face legal actions from the persons named in the report.

That argument has some merit in the sense FIFA is a private organisation not a state body with none of the judicial power a state has. The state can compel those within its jurisdiction to give evidence, cases are heard in open court and when it comes to pronouncing judgement judges are like stage artistes savouring their moment in the sun.

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