FIFA’s Blatter resigns – good riddance

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.

Turmoil hits FIFA

Turmoil hits FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, errr, football, in the world.

Just days after arrests from major officials in the organization, 4 time president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, became a 5-time president. It wasn’t even close, winning in the second round.

The latest battering to FIFA’s credibility came when Swiss and U.S. criminal probes into corruption were disclosed two days before the presidential vote, with several leading officials arrested in Zurich.

Major [US] sponsors have already warned that they want to see corruption and reported near slave labor in Qatar [hosting the 2022 World Cup] cleaned up.

The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia and Russian President [and tyrant/dictator] Vladimir Putin was already blaming the US wondering why the US was also probing FIFA – thinking that the US is trying to remove Russia from hosting the world cup, just 3 years away. He has gone bonkers.

[Since the US doesn’t have clout in football and the rest of the world’s votes dwarf the US – even with allies – unsure how the US can get FIFA to remove Russia as host unless it is clear that Russia was heavily involved in corruption. But you know Putin. He comes out with these hypotheticals that are so unlikely.]

One of those officials that were arrested is from Russia.

Sepp Blatter has promised to clean up FIFA. If so, he didn’t notice all this corruption over the past few years as the probes have indicated the length of the investigation?

And what happens if it continues?

Oh both Russia and Qatar backed Blatter as president – which will run for the next four years. Blatter was supposed to leave his post in 2011 in a deal but reneged on the deal. Can he be trusted?

There have been some rumors the UEFA [the European governing body], US, Canada and South America could pull out of FIFA. What would this mean for FIFA?

Well, some of the major powerhouses – let alone most of the sponsors – would abandon the World Cup. The sponsors want to see the best teams play and not a bunch of previously ranked low ranked countries battle for the cup. The UEFA president asked Blatter to stand down but was refused.

I think FIFA needs UEFA more than UEFA needs FIFA.

A European boycott could also cause problems when it comes to having foreign players play in the various leagues across the Europe and elsewhere. Would the best players in Africa be able to play in European leagues?

Blatter has tried to defend himself and has hinted there is some type of political correlation in the investigation.

Meanwhile at least two banks that have dealt with FIFA have opened internal investigations to see if they are involved in the corruption.

[Oh the US can investigate FIFA, just like any other country as they are a member of FIFA. In addition, most of the major sponsors are from the US.]