Friday 30 April 2010

Play Up And Play The Game

Who needs traditional politics when there are exciting things happening in Football politics?

This one has all the makings of being a very lively matter. It is from the Tax Justice dot blogspot dot com of Thursday 29th April and concerns FIFA claiming a penalty against Tax Justice Network for tackling harder than they like..

At least it will give us something interesting next week.


The latest newsletter from Offshore Alert states that:

"The governing body of world soccer – FIFA – has attempted to intimidate Offshore Alert ahead of our conference in Florida next week at which allegations of fraud and corruption within FIFA will be made.

In a letter to Offshore Alert on April 23, FIFA's attorney, Lawrence Cartier, of London-based law firm Cartier & Co., issued a thinly-veiled threat of a possible libel action should a session by journalist and film-maker Andrew Jennings contain any "defamatory statements."

We are pleased that Offshore Alert has pledged to "proceed unfettered by outside interference." As they note, quite rightly:

"British libel law is widely considered to be repugnant, particularly in the USA where, in fact, British libel judgments have been held unenforceable in at least two states because they were, literally, considered to be repugnant to each state’s public policy.

"It lends support to illegal activity by discouraging journalists from exposing those who deserve to be exposed, all the while enriching attorneys at the expense of society in general. It is a third-world law that has no place in a developed society."


But it won’t be as much fun as watching the basketball games in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

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