Own Goal

When an organisation or company gets exposed doing something staggeringly corrupt you’d expect them to ensure that they try and rebuild public trust by being extra careful in all future actions.

Not FIFA however.

The home Nations football teams wore poppies on their armbands as a mark of respect on Armistice Day earlier in the year.

This disgraceful behaviour is apparently against the rules –


According to the rule-making International Football Association Board (IFAB), players cannot wear “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images”.

Brown envelope bungs don’t seem to get a mention in their rules – maybe because the staggering sums involved in the higher echelons of FIFA wouldn’t fit in any colour envelope unless it was the size of Greater Manchester!

Obviously respecting the dead from wars is an image that greatly offends FIFA – although I imagine they’d be quite happy if they had one of these embroidered on their ties or tattooed on their fat arses –

These images are merely symbolic – the actual dosh involved is considerably higher!

Even according to my dead cat Arnold, the poppy does not qualify as being a religious or political statement –

The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War. It is strongly linked with Armistice Day (11 November), but the poppy’s origin as a popular symbol of remembrance lies in the landscapes of the First World War. Poppies were a common sight, especially on the Western Front. They flourished in the soil churned up by the fighting and shelling. The flower provided Canadian doctor John McCrae with inspiration for his poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, which he wrote whilst serving in Ypres in 1915. It was first published in Punch, having been rejected by The Spectator. In 1918, in response to McCrae’s poem, American humanitarian Moina Michael wrote ‘And now the Torch and Poppy Red, we wear in honor of our dead…’. She campaigned to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance of those who had died in the war.

FIFA – lest we forget – to misquote Winston Churchill

Never in the field of human corruption has so much been nicked from so many be so few

FIFA – hang your heads in shame!

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