Chris Eaton, former security director for football governing body FIFA, said Perumal wouldn’t have been so successful as a fixer had football administrators he dealt with performed ‘‘simple business due-diligence’’ on the Singaporean who used fake FIFA business cards and a front company. Football is ‘‘a very wealthy global business that still operates as a club game,’’ Eaton said in an AP interview. That can make it vulnerable to criminals.
Because of Armstrong and his generation of cheats, it will be a long time before we look at a winner of the Tour de France without thinking: ‘‘Can I believe what I'm seeing?’’
Fixers must not be allowed to do the same thing to football.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester