Thursday, 17 November 2011

Power without accountability

“I would deny it. There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one, but also the one who is affected by that. 'He should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands”-Blatter on Racism

Lets be clear Sepp Blatter is not crazy, idiotic or a nincompoop. Well, actually he is, but he’s not only those things; he’s dangerous.

Dangerous because he has the lethal combination of Power without accountability.

Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men – such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?”-Blatter on Women’s Football

There is irrefutable evidence of corruption against him. He has made ill judged comments about women. His latest statement regarding racism is mind bogglingly irresponsible. His list of misdemeanours as head of World Football's governing body is lengthy and so disgraceful that he must have some sort of mystic power to enable him to retain his position, which has been shown to be untenable on a number of occassions.

“I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”-Blatter on Gay fans travelling to Qatar

Yet he retains his place at the head of the football table; as a dictator does, and as a dictator is wont to do, power has gone to his head.
mad President
“There is no systematic corruption in FIFA. That is nonsense. We are financially clean and clear.”-Blatter on Corruption in FIFA

This is the man who runs World Football. He has been called the Prince Phillip of FIFA, but that paints him as a harmless old duffer. He’s not harmless; he’s the Kim Jong IL of world football.

Of course the powers that be in England are not exactly helping matters. It has taken over a month for the announcement of an investigation into allegations of racism against Liverpool's Suarez. More concerning is that John Terry, who is being investigated for racism, captained England this week. Now, one could say innocent until proven guilty, but video evidence which is regularly used in football to sanction players has shown the facts of the matter, and yet the armband of captaincy proudly worn by Moore, Beckham and Adams has been allowed to be tarnished by Mr Terry. When you have a head of the whole shebang like Blatter, you allow flagrant disregard for what's right.

Blatter's FIFA carry on regardless. Handing out trifling fines when players are racially abused in Spain and Eastern Europe while on international duty. FIFA turn a blind eye to practises that they boast of challenging and our own FA and Premier League follow suit. racism in football is still a cancer but unfortunately the Surgeon General is a man without responsibility; he is a man with power but no accountability and as such, corruption and ugliness in the game are inevitable. 

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