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The Max Mosley scandal // An invasion of privacy sees calls for the FIA president's resignation

Published by Christine

This article was originally written for BellaOnline, but is republished here for posterity.

By now you have probably heard of the trouble surrounding Max Mosley, his private life and his tenancy as head of the FIA. I’ve avoided it until now, because I didn’t want to speculate, and I also didn’t want to get into trouble! However, there are hard and fast facts beginning to emerge, so I thought it was worth catching up on what’s been happening.

The story broke with the News of the World, a newspaper in the UK, issuing pictures and video allegedly of Max Mosley. I won’t go into details, but it looked like he was with several ladies and re-enacting certain elements of the Second World War for pleasure.

Mosley kept silent on the matter for several days, whilst the speculation began to circulate through many websites, both professional and amateur bloggers reporting the story and their opinions on it. It became obvious that if the alleged story was true, Max’s resignation was at the top of everyone’s wish list.

After consulting with his lawyers, Max started proceedings against the News of the World for invasion of privacy, and wrote an open letter, saying that he had the support of many governing bodies and his private life was his own, so he had no intention to resign.

This apparent acknowledgement that the story was true brought out the said governing bodies, and supporting him was not top of their agenda. As I’m writing this, it stands at four teams, three motoring bodies, many current drivers and plenty of former World Champions all saying that Mosley should resign for the good of the sport. Also, the Bahraini Crown Prince requested that Mosley shouldn’t attend the weekend’s racing.

The support Max thinks he has appears to be rapidly disappearing. So, at the moment, we appear to be waiting on his next move. There is an ever-growing body of voices asking for his resignation but so far, we have seen nothing of it.

Personally, I believe that a person has every right to do what they want in their personal lives, but as a man in his position, the President of the FIA, he needs to take responsibility for his actions. Again, personally, I’m disgusted by the stories and I really don’t think I could take him seriously in the future – and I’m sure I’m not the only one. For that reason, surely it’s time that he called it a day?