Infantino hits out at ‘FIFA bashing’ and ‘fake news’

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino took aim at critics of world football’s governing body on Thursday, saying the organisation had reformed and was now a victim of “fake news” and “FIFA bashing”.Speaking to the organisation’s 67th congress in the Bahraini capital, Infantino, who replaced Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA in 2016, said it was truly transforming itself.“We are rebuilding FIFA’s reputation after all that happened. We took over the organisation at it’s deepest point,” said Infantino, adding that there was no room for anyone who wanted to enrich themselves by “abusing football”.Several dozen football officials, mainly from Latin America, were indicted in the United States in 2015 on corruption-related charges, sparking the worst crisis in FIFA’s history.Infantino said criticism of the organisation under his leadership had not been fair, given improved transparency, controls and ethics procedures.“There is a lot of fake news and alternative facts about FIFA circulating,” he said. “FIFA bashing has become a national sport in some countries”.The Swiss administrator also made some barbed comments about some of his critics among governance experts after a week in which FIFA’s Ethics heads were replaced.“In the past many highly-paid experts, paid millions, have been hired by FIFA to help reform FIFA. Let me ask you, what did they do? They simply rubber stamped a sick and corrupt system.“Where were all these self-proclaimed gurus and experts? They all miserably failed. I will, we will, not accept good governance lessons from any individuals who miserably failed to protect football,” said Infantino.While suggesting FIFA’s internal experts had failed he offered praise for outside investigations, thanking “courts all around the world” who had prosecuted corruption cases.“We need your help and we count on your help,” he added, saying there was no place in his organisation for any wrongdoing.“If there’s anyone in this room or outside of this room who still thinks he can enrich himself, that he can abuse football, I have one clear and strong message to tell him: Leave football and leave football now. We don’t want you.”FIFA’s budget plans for 2018 and their auditor’s report and financial statements for 2016 were all voted through without any questions being raised in the congress hall.last_img read more

PBA slaps 30k fine on Pogoy after groin shot

first_imgTrump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit San Miguel took a convincing 102-88 victory in Game 2 to tie the series up at 1-1.Pogoy, after scoring 27 points in Game 1, left the game with just one block under his name.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Jeron Teng wants to join Gilas pool Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETThe PBA has fined TNT shooting guard Roger Pogoy a sum of P30,000 after hitting San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in the groin in Game 2 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday.Game officials called a flagrant foul penalty 2 on Pogoy, leading to his ejection in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT A dream fulfilled for Christian Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province MOST READlast_img read more

‘Brokeback’ cleared way in movies

first_imgDistributor TLA Releasing will expand “Gay Movie” to San Francisco, Philadelphia and Pasadena this weekend, then to 10 other cities on Aug. 11, with the hope that good word-of-mouth will lead to an even wider release. Writer-director Todd Stevens, who made the movie for $500,000, is hoping for box office success but isn’t counting on much crossover appeal. “I didn’t even try to cross over with this film,” Stevens said. “I just went all out with the raunchiness and the gayness of it. I didn’t want to hold back for the audience that I made it for.” In contrast, the gay love story “Adam & Steve,” which TLA Releasing distributed earlier this summer, was not at all sexually explicit. Even the kisses between its two openly gay leading men, Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets, were rather tame compared with the “Brokeback” smooches. “Adam & Steve,” out on DVD on Tuesday, earned $320,000 during its theatrical run. The film also co-starred indie-favorite Parker Posey and former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan. “We had more of a mainstream approach for that film due to the talent involved,” said Lewis Tice of TLA Releasing. “We opened in 11 markets out of the gate, and that gamble really paid off because the first few weeks, it did gangbusters.” Regent Releasing, which is distributing “Shocked” and will release “Poster Boy” next weekend, also has the gay comedy “The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green” still in theaters. “Unfabulous” is now in its eighth week of release and had grossed $113,153 million as of Sunday. But many gay films have trouble being booked anywhere except at art house theaters because they lack backing such as that “Brokeback” got from Universal Pictures’ specialty film division Focus Features. “The average multiplexes at the neighborhood malls are making their decisions pretty much on supply from major studios,” said Regent Releasing founder and chairman Paul Colichman, producer of “Gods and Monsters,” “Tom & Viv” and other indie films. “If major studios are marketing a film with major stars, they’ll probably take it. They take what is given to them, more or less. For a gay indie film theatrically, the art houses are critically important.” Maria Maggenti, whose first lesbian film, “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love,” had a successful theatrical run 10 years ago, is hoping her second big-screen directorial effort, “Puccini for Beginners,” will have similar good fortune. But she is anything but overconfident. “I think society at large has become more accepting in a lot of ways in terms of mainstream media. But the film business, in terms of distribution outlets, has shrunk, so it’s a lot harder,” she said. Still, Colichman said any kind of buzz from a theatrical run or film festival can set a movie up well for ancillary markets as DVD and video on demand. Regent Releasing will debut “Shocked” simultaneously on its Here! pay television channel and in its limited theatrical run. “As long as people are seeing the product, it doesn’t make a difference if they are seeing it on their computer, cell phone or cable or satellite feed for TV,” Colichman said. [email protected] (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“There was a huge fear or belief that you couldn’t tell a story with a gay hero and have it make money. A well-made movie with a good story trumps everything. It’s not just a victory for gay rights; it’s a victory for humanity.” “Brokeback,” which received an Oscar nomination this year for Best Picture, did something no other same-sex love story had ever done before: It crossed over to the mainstream and grossed $83 million domestically. The question now is when, or if, another gay film will achieve similar commercial success. As executive director of Outfest, one of the largest gay and lesbian film festivals in the U.S., Stephen Gutwillig has seen the fortunes of the genre ebb and flow since he began in 1999. But he sees an upswing on the horizon. “I’m optimistic because `Brokeback Mountain” is no harder to replicate than any other great movie that Hollywood has produced,” he said. “No one really knows how to do it, but they will never stop trying and will succeed every now and then. This particular film has simply broadened their definition of what a great American film can be and what a highly profitable film can be.” Where “Brokeback” aimed high artistically, the raucous “Gay Movie” aims strictly for “American Pie”-type laughs. It opened in just two theaters last Friday – one in Los Angeles and one in New York – and made $16,000 per screen. After Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as cowboy lovers in “Brokeback Mountain,” there has been no shortage of gay characters on the big screen this summer. This weekend alone, Robin Williams plays a gay man in “The Night Listener,” opening wide Friday, and gay characters are front and center in the limited releases “Quinceanera” and “Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery.” In addition, the rowdy indie comedy “Another Gay Movie” begins the second weekend of its run, and the gay love story “Vacationland” opened in New York on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the indie films “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Groomsmen” feature Steve Carell and John Leguiizamo, respectively, in major gay roles central to the plot. “`Brokeback Mountain’ broke down barriers that have existed for a long time,” said actor Chad Allen, the openly gay actor who stars as a gay detective in “Shock to the System.” last_img