Isn't it time that FIFA should be forced to behave within the boundaries of international law?
It is reported that the organisation has left South Africa with a tax-free profit of $2 billion.
Despite big promises from the likes of Blatter and Valcke that FIFA would 'provide the tools to help fight poverty and disease', football's world governing body has again taken advantage of the disadvantaged and then left the scene of the crime with obscene amounts of profit in its pockets.
If you wanted to buy merchandise while you were in South Africa then you could expect to pay anything up to 750 rand (65 pounds) just for a South African replica top. In fact, so strict was FIFA in enforcing its 'official merchandising' only rule that local businesses in South Africa were unable to offer cheaper quality alternatives to the FIFA-licensed products.
And how much did it cost FIFA to produce their official line of products? According to the UK's Guardian newspaper:
The Jabulani ball was not produced in Africa. Instead, it was made by Pakistani workers paid around less than 2 pounds per day.
World Cup mascot replicas were produced by Chinese workers earning less than 2 pounds per day.
Nike's world cup replica kits were produced in Jakarta by workers earning approximately 3 pounds per day.
Why couldn't these goods have been produced in Africa? Why couldn't those who made them have been paid a reasonable wage?
And as for reports that 1.2 million seats remained unsold for the 2010 World Cup - on the basis of what I saw that figure seems accurate. FIFA could have and SHOULD HAVE set aside 10,000 free tickets per match for the local community. Your average South African could not afford to attend the 2010 World Cup finals.
Those of us lucky enough to be in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup would be the first to take their hats off and congratulate the authorities for the way the tournament was run.
However, the absurd prison sentences that have been dealt out to a number of individuals for what are, on the whole, petty crimes have left myself and many other visitors with a bitter taste in our mouths. Here are two examples where fines, rather than prison sentences would have sufficed:
22-year-old Themba Makhubu is serving a five-year sentence for allegedly stealing a telephone.
21-year-old Martin Palmer is serving 12 years in prison for breaking in to a tourist's room and stealing a decoder.
Come on South Africa! Do the sensible thing and release these individuals with a fine. They have already served enough time inside.
Sunday, July 11
Joburg - Dubai - Birmingham
It's almost 24 hours from South Africa to England with two eight-hour flights and an eight-hour stopover in Dubai.
Dubai crushes my spirit somewhat. I had planned to leave the airport and explore the city for a few hours but it is 41 degrees, I have come down with a cold, and I couldn't sleep on the overnight leg here.
It's all bling, bling, bling as the majority of passengers are frantically running around duty free buying perfume, cameras and gold chains. I can't be doing with it. Give me the friendly laid-back vibe of South Africa instead of this nonsense.
It's clear skies all the way over Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon before we head out to sea and the final leg of my journey home.
So many amazing memories from the past 17 weeks flash through my mind.
I feel so proud of what the project has achieved and I feel privileged to have been involved in it all with Bjorn.
The world cup and the South African road trip were the icing on the cake. I had a brilliant laugh with the lads: Geordie Robin, Colombian Rich, Blackburn, Camper Van Nick, Aussie Tim and Swiss Fabio - to name but a few. South Africa was the ultimate road trip.
The plane touches down at Birmingham and I'm in the same pub watching the World Cup final as where I began this adventure back on April 8, nervously waiting for my flight to Nairobi.
My friend Andy picks me up from the airport at half time so we can watch the second half at his house in Solihull. My head is spinning as i tell him and his lovely lady, Vickie, all about the past three months, while on the TV the Dutch team turn the concept of 'total football' into 'zero football' on the other side of the world in South Africa.
I'm glad Spain beat Holland. The Dutch, especially the likes of Van Bommel, were a disgrace at times. It seems bizarre that I was in Joburg just 24 hours ago and that Bjorn and Blackburn might have been in that stadium with Mandela tonight.
After a couple of beers with Andy and Vic we call it a night. I'm absolutely done in. I've also got a live radio interview with BBC Leicester at 7am to look forward to in the morning.
Friday, July 9
The Shirt is proudly hanging in Brightwater Shopping Mall, Joburg. It's a fantastic sight.
While I've been roadtripping it around South Africa these past three weeks, Bjorn and Marianne have been hard at work in Joburg continually spreading the word to the international press. Bjorn has even been featured on Costa Rican TV.
Catch all his latest news here
Truthfully, I'd be very happy to fly home today, but I am hoping to spend my last full day with Bjorn catching up on the past few weeks and reminiscing back over the adventure from Kenya to Kopfontein.
It turns out though that Bjorn is booked up with shirt commitments around the Gauteng area and, as I don't have transport, I can't meet him.
Later on friday he also has to pull out of our planned 'last night on the beers':
"Sorry mate. I'm with Nelson Mandela's photographer and Morgan Freeman. Catch you tomorrow lunchtime in the pub."
Blown out for Morgan Freeman! I suppose I can forgive him on this occasion :)
Instead, Blackburn and I spend my last evening in South Africa in the Nigerian gangster pub over the road from our guesthouse. This is where I first found Blackburn stumbling around all those weeks ago, before the World Cup had even begun.
It's Castle and Klipdrift, then time to pack my bags...
Sunday, July 4
Highlight of the day is being sat in the back of a pick up truck with three hippies, their four kids and two dogs on the way to one of the best beaches in South Africa. The wild, untouched beach is totally deserted but for a herd of cows!
The rest of Sunday is spent sleeping, eating, reading, thinking back over the last 3 months...and looking forward to what I will do after the World Cup.
It's brilliant here in Port St.Johns but, truthfully, I'm about ready to go home now.
Tuesday, June 22
Hermanus - Knysna
I reckon the breakfast at the Potting Shed B&B alone is probably worth 200 Rand each.
It sets us up nicely for the majestic views that await us on Hermanus harbour front.
Unfortunately, prime whale-watching season does not begin for a few more weeks so we are not going to spot any of the ten or so whales that are currently resident in the watery neighbourhood. In October they often get 150 whales here at one time.
This obvious disappointment aside, we are compensated by one of the most fantastic coastal views I have seen anywhere in the world. I would liken it to an other-worldly scene from Avatar mixed with the highly imaginative artisitc skills of a New Age painter. The sea roars; the fjord-like mountains are wrapped in fairytale mist; the heart is lifted while the imagination begins to build castles in the sky. Hermanus is a magical place.
We could sit here in silent admiration all day; staring out at this wonder of nature, but we have several hundred kilometres of travel ahead of us if we are going to make it to Port Elizabeth in time for the decisive England match. The way it's going I'll even end up resenting the England team for stealing an afternoon spent in Hermanus from me.
Wednesday, June 9
Wonderful news for our project today as it was confirmed that two of the UK's leading music artists, Fat Boy Slim and Dizzee Rascal, are supporting the project.
'The Shirt' will appear for four days at the Cool Britannia concerts being held in Cape Town. Final arrangements are being put in place for 600 shirts, sewn together for the refugees, to appear in Cape Town from June 15-19.
More details will appear here in the next couple of days but it has been confirmed that 'The Shirt' will take pride of place during the Dizzee Rascal (June 16) and sold-out Fat Boy Slim (June 18) concerts in Cape Town.
Bring a shirt! Have a beer! Enjoy the football!
Get your tickets for Cool Britannia here
See you in Cape Town!
Wednesday, June 9
It was chaos in central Johannesburg today. Wonderful, happy chaos.
Hundreds of thousands turned out in Sandton in support of Bafana Bafana. The city came to a standstill at midday as South Africans, all South Africans, spilled into the streets in a show of national unity for 'the boys'.
I grew up listening to horrific stories about apartheid. I saw images of shameless oppression of the black man. Today, taking in the happy scenes In Joburg, it was incredible to see how much this country has moved on, even if only for a few hours or for a few days.
Today, many South Africans have told me that it has been the most wonderful day in this country's history since 1994. Today, South Africa is united; united by one football team.
"We will be 49 million against 11 men on friday," they say.
What wonderful sentiment. The feeling here today has been something akin to Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
Positive electricity fills the air. A nation stands united.
Check out these amazing images.
The shirts are on their way to South Africa from Base Camp Norway. They apparently weigh around 120 kilograms. We have around 600.
Have you sent yours yet? If not, please consider signing one and sending it to our new base camp in South Africa (address to appear soon).
If you are travelling out to South Africa then you can save the postage fees by presenting your shirt in person.