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Ray Martin invites criticism by telling everyone to calm down about Q&A. Plus other media tidbits of the day.
The Matildas have consistently outperformed the Socceroos -- but you wouldn't know it from the pitiful media coverage they get, writes freelance journalist Brihony Tulloch.
FIFA has become synonymous with corruption and scandal. And why should you care? Because it's your money, writes Crikey 2014 World Cup correspondent Django Merope Synge.
TV networks pay big bucks to broadcast international sport in the middle of the night. Why?
Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that's why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.
With the ABC under pressure from the government, SBS wants to have the same level of independence. Bernard Keane and Farz Edraki on an FOI investigation by Crikey.