I received this message from Andrew Jennings :
I’m a little puzzled by your re-publishing of a press release from FIFA about it’s so-called Ethics Committee.
Surely there should be a commentary attached mentioning that FIFA President Sepp Blatter is the target of a corruption investigation by Zug Investigating Magistrate Thomas Hildbrand who led a Fraud Squad raid on FIFA house on November 3, 2005.
In May 2005 Hildbrand indicted a group of executives from the bankrupt ISL marketing company for embezzling aprox £45 million owing to FIFA. Their trial date, expected to be early in the New Year in Zug, should be announced in the next few weeks.
My declaration of interest: I am an English Investigative journalist and film maker. Read an extract from my new book about FIFA corruption – or watch the video of the BBC Panorama programme ‘The Beautiful Bung’ transmitted on Jan 11 and much more disclosure at my website.
Andrew's website is www.transparencyinsport.org and a great source if you are interested in the subject.
My response is that I try to show constructive steps, and not only write about the bad stuff. So if anybody is interested in an ethics commission for sport, they can find the link on the site.
However it is true that people only change under pressure, and FIFA is probably taking this step (creating a new ethics committee) because of scrutiny on the above mentioned affairs, disclosed by people like Andrew. Keep the light shining - transparency keeps us honest !