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FIFA, as expected, are a grubby shower of bastards

Let’s get rid of FIFA all together, writes freelance journalist Django Merope Synge.

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I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that’s why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.

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SBS can’t kick tainted World Cup habit

SBS will still show World Cup matches even if recent allegations of bribery and vote buying are proved against FIFA, writes Luke Miller, blogger at Idle Senate Speculation.

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FIFA-fi-fo-fum, we smell the blood of scam artists

Two scandals engulfing world soccer are threatening to split the sport in half, claim the scalps of its top administrators and show that Australian taxpayers were scammed out of millions of dollars, writes Luke Miller.

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Australia never stood a chance in FIFA’s back scratching world

Australia’s rejection as host of the 2022 World Cup was as unsurprising as it was brutal, writes a disgruntled football fan and anonymous Crikey reader.

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An accurate description

I have yet to read anything in the current batch of Wikileaks that has changed my opinion about any of the countries reported on by those American diplomats in their dispatches back home.

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Screw you FIFA. And screw you Qatar. And sucked in England

Money talks. But when it comes to FIFA and bidding for a World Cup, money not only talks, it sings sweet corrupting love songs that, like a siren from a Greek legend, lures crusty old white men from FIFA to host the World’s biggest sporting event in Qatar, writes an angry Leigh Josey.

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Meet the 22 FIFA men who will decide Australia’s 2022 World Cup fate

Who are the 22 men whose votes will decide where the 2022 World Cup is held? And how are they likely to vote? Neil Walker investigates.

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Does a corrupt Fifa need to delay 2018 World Cup bids?

Allegations of corruption and vote-buying by two key members of the Fifa executive committee have senior officials calling for the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be suspended.

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What legacy will FIFA leave for Jo’burg’s townships?

Fittingly for such a complex nation, South Africa is providing one of the most interesting World Cup host nation tales yet, off the pitch at least, writes Oliver Milman.

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MCG vs. Stadium Australia: a FIFA World Cup final showdown

Despite the love in the room for the G last night, there are serious questions over the suitability of the ground for hosting the FIFA World Cup.

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Bitter campaign for prized FIFA seat reignited

The west Asian seat on the FIFA executive committee is up for election and for the first time in 13 years, there is a challenger, writes Anthony Stavrinos.

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Iraq vs Socceroos yet another Sepp Blatter power play

On the question of Iraq v the Socceroos, Sepp Blatter’s unsanctioned threats to the Iraq Football Federation are entirely in character, writes Francis Leach.

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