I don't want get into American presidential politics, but the juicy(or is it sordid) rumours from Moscow about President Elect Trump, by the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, a 53 year Cambridge graduate who worked on the Russia desk for a couple of decades, has a football/soccer connection.
Steele producted a 35 page dossier about the supposed Russian 'sting' about Trump for a Washington based group called FUSIA, linked to one time Presidential contender Jeb Bush. Eventually it came to the attention of Senator John McCain and made its way to the FBI. Steele, has been in lucrative private practice with partner Chris Burrows in their small company Orbis Business Intelligence, but in the last 48 hours he fled his £1.5 million home. He went to a safehouse with his wife and 4 children, fearing for his and their safety, but left his pet cat behind with neighbours. He hopes that it won't talk under pressure. One of his contempories is Alex Younger, current head of MI6.
President Obama and then Trump, while running his Miss World competition, stayed in the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton Moscow, next the The Kremlin and round the corner from Red Square. SO, I looked at www.booking.com and could stay in the same suite for only £1,700.00 a night with free wi-fi and breakfast. I can also enjoy the O2 Lounge, Cafe Russe, plus the Ritz Carlton Spa, a hot tub, indoor pool and 14 treatment rooms, fitness centre and beauty parlour.... HOOKERS ARE EXTRA !
He worked for The Football Association in their quest to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in which they failed miserably, compiling information on the Russian bid. He later flew to Rome to meet the FBI bureau there and give them information about FIFA and its bad guys, which resulted in sensational arrests in Zuriich, and indictements for dozens of crooked executives by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her team.
OPERATION RESOLVE is the police investigation into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough in 1989 at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Twenty three cases of individuals and organizations have been presented to the CPS-Crown Prosecution Service. Charges include gross negligence manslaughter, perversion of the course of justice, misconduct in public office, breaches of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act of 1975, and health and safety issues.
No names have been released but probably The South Yorkshire Police, The Fooball Association, Sheffield Wednesday and the local ambulance service, plus various police officers could find themselves in the dock. It could take upto six months before further action is announced. A further 170 allegations of police misconduct are still under investigation. In April a jury decided that the 96 were unlawfully killed and that the Liverpool fans were completely exonerated. It was taken 27 years to get this far. 282 statements by South Yorkshire Police were altered.by senior officers.
Graham Taylor sadly passed away this week at the age of 72 after a lifetime of service to football. The son of a sports journalist in Scunthorpe he played for Grimsby Town and then Lincoln City where he later managed and got the Imps promoted. Sir Elton John brought him to lowly Watford, where he was chairman, and Taylor took them from the fourth tier to the first in 5 seasons and to an FA Cup Final appearance. In 1990 he replaced Bobby Robson as manager of England until he resigned in 1993 when The Three Lions failed to make FIFA World Cup 1994 USA,
In mid 70's I went with my friend John Adams, then FA Coach for The North of England to Grimsby Town at Blundell Park to listen to Taylor give a clinic while at Lincoln. John told me that he was an upcoming coach and manager who would go far.....which he did. He later coached at Wolves but spent many years as a radio and TV pundit and was admired by all.