MALAYSIA’S & ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – ENTRAPMENT JOURNALISM STRIKES AGAIN IN THE UK!

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“As for the FA – their priority and rightly so, is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football.

And the England job is a position, which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”

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MALAYSIA’S & ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – ENTRAPMENT JOURNALISM STRIKES AGAIN IN THE UK!

Big Sam Allardyce has lost his England job, a position that he has always coveted!

And just after 67 days at that job and after just one game in charge, following allegations of his willingness to be involved in dodgy dealings and shady transactions over player transfers.

This is nothing new in many parts of God’s earth where from industry captains to politicians, head of states, criminals, to cooks, bankers and fund operators and others who like to live on the edge and repeating the mantra that “ rules are there to be broken!

But I have always stated that with rule breaking comes consequences and the right thing to do when caught, not further excuses or a local and global blame game but to stand aside!

As I write this piece – Big Sam has lost his job!

It is reported that FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn met with Allardyce at Wembley following the damaging newspaper revelations left his position untenable.

It was positioned politely that Allardyce agreed to leave by mutual consent following the Daily Telegraph sting operation that captured him negotiating lucrative speaking engagements in the Far East, as well as making damaging remarks about the FA and a host of other issues, including the banned system of third-party ownership of players.

And Glenn, who led the three-man panel that nominated Allardyce, made it clear it was impossible for the FA to ignore the incendiary comments given their position as the game’s governing body, even though they would have preferred to keep the former Sunderland boss.

And how did it all happen?

The story here was broken by the Telegraph in London, through an undercover sting involving journalists posing as representatives of a football agency, who had no scruples about bending Football Association and FIFA rules on transfers, particularly so-called third party ownership deals!

Several years ago, this same media group also exposed the scale of British MPs expenses scandal, which rocked Westminster!

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In this recent case, Allardyce was secretly filmed by the paper’s investigations team, appearing to make comments suggesting how to circumvent regulations, which prohibit the sale and transfer of players, who are whole or partly owned by third parties – agents or investors – rather than the club who is selling them, meaning that they take a slice of the deal when the player is sold rather than the cash going to the club concerned.

It is reported that Big Sam accepts, he made a significant error of judgment and has apologized!

Too little too late?

The jury is still out?

As for the FA – their priority and rightly so, is to protect the wider interests of the game, and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football.

And the England job, is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity, of the game at all times.

It is sad that the end result of this, Big Sam’s reputation will now be tarred, by the ignominy of his departure, but he will probably always be the answer to a trivia question – who was the England manager with the shortest tenure and a 100 per cent record.

But this episode also brings to ground zero, the entrapment journalism that is prevalent in some societies!

We may need to address this in a court of law soon as entrapment is also an offense in certain jurisdictions!

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As I indicated, prior to this shocking revelation, another episode that rocked was that the same media group exposed the scale of British MPs expenses scandal some years ago!

There were consequences there too, with the media publishing its exposé of MPs’ expenses, triggering the most explosive British political scandal of the modern era.

Those despicable revelations of abuse by some MPs – complete with jaw-dropping details of fraud, fake receipts, claims for ornamental duck houses and moat-cleaning – caused such a sensation that it seemed for a while as though the Palace of Westminster might at any moment be stormed by an army of justifiably irate taxpayers!

And there were justifications for that, as voters were already furious with the Establishment.

If my memory serves me correct, in the previous autumn, several of Britain’s biggest banks had come within hours of collapse, requiring bail-outs to the tune of many tens of billions of pounds, all approved by ministers who had failed to regulate the reckless banks properly in the boom years.

As the country headed into the deepest recession in seven decades, here were some of their elected representatives caught with their hands in the till, taking public money in vast amounts.

As a British trained and educated Attorney, I believe the tsunami which broke over Westminster was unlike anything experienced, even by the most jaded MPs and journalists.

Come off your backsides – globally the message is clear, yet individuals in positions of public office continue to fail and worst, refuse to stand aside, when caught for inappropriate behavior, bringing disrepute to public office, or corruption, which is despicable!

In some countries, those behind the ‘stink operation’ may ever disappear in inexplicable circumstances, while the regime of dirty politicians continue?

While others criminalize the whistle blowers or worst sweep the dirt under the carpet!

But the global message is clear – if one fails to love up to expectations in public office, it is time to go!

And there must be a universal global action to address this urgently!

Big Sam made a very bad decision, and it has costs him dearly!

He let down many in the industry and supporters!

But he did the right thing – to stand down and walk away.

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