Football authorities love charging players, managers, coaches and everyone else with bringing the game into disrepute. There is only really ever one group that does that and they never get charged; and that is the princelings who belong on the FIFA councils and committees. More have been arrested today for being filthy, crooked bastards yet their teflon-don leader hasn’t accepted responsibility for what has happened while he has been FIFA’s supreme leader.
In fact he is running for yet another term, so he can continue to besmirch the name of Football. And the organisation is so full of corruption that a man with his record is confident he will win. It’s not as though the evidence hasn’t been highlighted in the past. Andrew Jennings has done a stalwart job of this. He has also highlighted similar abuses in the IOC – same horse different jockey.
Maybe it is time for the West to listen to the people. I don’t expect much to change in the ranks of third world FIFA representatives as they either bought their place on the committees as an investment on future returns, or inherited them from their fathers who passed membership down as a corrupt birthright. But the West needs to seriously consider setting up its own Football regulatory body with an open and transparent working practice.
A poll of more than 35,000 football fans in 30 countries released before the election to pick the next president of FIFA, world football’s governing body, showed that four out of five fans do not think Sepp Blatter should stand for the post and 69.2 per cent said they had no confidence in FIFA.
The Guardian described Blatter as “the most successful non-homicidal dictator of the past century.” But given this
I’m not sure that that is true.
Something is rotten in FIFA and it is the whole of FIFA – top to bottom it is a criminal enterprise and it needs to be sorted out. If it was based anywhere else than criminal/Nazi loving Switzerland it probably would have been dealt with by now. But even the Swiss are getting embarrassed by Blatter and Co that they have had enough too.
Blatter needs to go and so do all the others – we need to start afresh, and possibly anew.