Sepp Blatter was unable to recognise signs of bribery, could you?

Jack Warner used to be my hero. He was one of the stars in Dixon of Dock Green, an early TV police series, where you knew who the good guys were. When Jack Warner’s name came up recently it was a different Jack Warner and sadly it was in the context Fifa, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Bribery and corruption are not victimless crimes, in an article the BBC said “Corruption in Africa is costing the continent nearly $150bn a year, according to a new report.” (source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2265387.stm) That’s a lot of money which could have been used differently.

Sepp Blatter recently said he didn’t know that bribery had been taking place. I’m not sure how many people believe this and the story will develop. When bribery and corruption are taking place, you’re unlikely to see brown paper bags of cash being exchanged, but there are some indicators. We explain some of the common ones here.

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