FIFA’s Blatter resigns – good riddance
June 3, 2015 Leave a comment
Just days after winning the presidency of FIFA for another 4 years, Sepp Blatter resigned in front of a near empty press conference. [I wonder if that was done on purpose. Hmmmm.]
With his departure, FIFA will be looking for a hopefully new untarnished president but it may take a couple of months or so to gather the federations back. So he stays on until then.
With Blatter out of the picture at the next vote, will Prince Ali Hussein of Jordan have a good chance [after all, comes from the royal family – I’m sure plenty of money already].
An example of probably corruption by Blatter is threatening to suspend international football games in Iran, Nigeria, Kenya and Greece if their governments continued to have investigations into corruption of those federations.
This is a bit too much power. Does he has the authority to do so on his own – or maybe he thinks he does with the backing of the majority of federations.
The second-in-command for FIFA, secretary general Jerome Valcke, has been implicated in a $10 million payment involving the South African bid for the 2010 World Cup.
Even with the fact that in 2006, Blatter’s personal favorite, Valcke lying on the stand in a trial, he still managed to get to his current position. It shows you there is some type of corruption in FIFA.
As it is, Valcke has decided not to attend the Women’s World Cup in Canada starting this weekend because of some pressing “critical business”. One wonders if it is because the US and Canada have a nice extradition treaty and is nervous that he may be arrested in Canada and sent to the US.
If FIFA wants to clean up its image, it can start by taking a modified play out of the US government playbook. They should hire independent reputable investigators to investigate [vetted] the potential presidents of FIFA. Have the contenders decide very soon so that the investigators can check the contenders for a couple of months or so.