Posted: 12/19/2016


        Last week disgraced former FIFA President had his Mercedes limousine and his personal chauffeur taken away from him after losing his appeal against his 6 years suspension from all football related activities in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport{CAS),  The organization  occupies a very large house at Avenue de Beaumont 2 in Laussaunne Switzerland. He also must now pay the going rate for his Zurich house which until now has been yet another freebee .

        I have been doing a little research to help the 80 year old save money. He is eligible for a half price pass on Swiss railways and for a dicount pass on VBZ who run trams and buses in Switzerland's largest city. He can take tram No, 6 from Bahnhofstasse outside Central Hauptbahnhof and alight at Zurich Zoo. He has lost his FIFA pass so not sure if he is welcome any more. He can go back to his home in VISP, where he has an apartment, and near to his only child Corinne, who runs a popular restaurant, but who a decade or so ago was living in Sydney NSW with her husband and she played a large part in running The Australian Soccer Federation during troubled times.

       Nine years ago on 10/16/2007 I write a SEPP BLATTER HOLDS UP THE STAGECOACH. It was the 150th anniversary of the founding of and the police held up the Sheffield Supertram and the No,52 bus to Hillsborough-both operated by STAGECOACH -as the great and the good of The Steel City crossed the busy road after a service at the Anglican Cathedral to some slap up food and drink and speeches at Cutler's Hall. Before the service I chatted with the Rev Giles Frances, a Chelsea fan, who was going to give a serman. I mentioned some of the dodgy goings on at FIFA and he promised me he would address money and football.  

       25 security personel including mounted police in full dress uniform plus barriers to keep about 30  spectators, including myself,  in check. A couple of Yemenis in national dress and two Chinese students were curious and asked me if the Pope was there. No, I answered, the Catholic cathedral was 3 blocks away and Catholics didn't walk so fast. Gordon Banks, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Tom Finney, Bryan Robson and the Presidents of Real Madrid and Inter Milan were also in the procession.

      Today FIFA announced the fines for the 4 home nations for their POPPYGATE displays, against FIFA's orders. Claudio Sulser is chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committe and a former Swiss International player. In November England hosted Scotland at Wembley Stadium and both teams wore red poppies on their black armbands. In addition to this the armed forces wore poppies and the symbol was displayed on the big screen. Spectators, on arrival, found T shirts with the poppy symbol drapped over their seats. The FA was fined £35,300 (40,000 Swiss Francs ) and the Scottish FA half that amount.

       The Welsh FA who hosted Sebia at Cardiff City Stadium were fined 20,000 SF and Northern Ireland, hosting Azerbaijan at Windsor Park 15,000 SHF. Thee players did not wear any poppy symbols but spectators did,  On another occasion in March, Republic of Ireland played Switzerland in a friendly at Aviva Stadium in Dublin with a commemoration of the 100th anniversarry of The Easter Rising on their jerseys.

        The associations intend to appeal these decisions.