FIFA is offering access to selected football highlights for $19.95 during the tournament – but Macs faces don’t fit into the plans.
The organization is promising TV-quality, professionally produced action and commentary from each of the forthcoming 64 matches. There’s also exclusive film and TV footage from the last nine tournaments. Four minutes’ coverage will be released from each match.
A note on the video-highlights section of the organization’s Web site reads: “ Mac, Unix and Real media player are not supported.” It does not explain why.
The technology to drive the service is provided by FIFA’s online partner, Yahoo. Yahoo has so far failed to comment on the issue.
FIFA’s decision not to furnish access to its content online is an effective vote by that organization in favour of convicted monopolist Microsoft.
Criticism The organization’s own business practices are also in question. Its general secretary, Michael Zen-Ruffinen, is expected to be dismissed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter today.
This follows his harsh criticism of Blatter’s ‘dictatorial’ management style. Zen-Ruffinen has publicised a 30-page document containing allegations against FIFA’s management, including misleading accounting; conflicts of interest; and suggestions that criminal investigations may take place into some FIFA activities, the BBC reports.
Blatter was re-elected FIFA president in an acrimonious vote Wednesday. He stands accused of breaking FIFA rules. Zen-Ruffinen also states that some of Blatter’s actions might constitute a criminal act under Swiss law.
Blatter was booed at a pre-vote meeting Tuesday, as delegates accused him of avoiding tough questions about his management of the body.
FIFA representatives have so far failed to respond to requests for comment on their lack of Mac support.