Thursday, May 28, 2015


Around the world millions of words are being written and spoken about the indictment of FIFA executives for fraud, bribery, money laundering and a host of other corrupt practices.  This is good news as far as it goes.

For anyone who follows football none of these charges or revelations will come as a surprise.  I’m happy to see that what has been in the shadows can now be examined in the light of day.  I’m not happy to see that the arrogant, smug head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, is not one of those indicted.  On the contrary, he “welcomes the investigation,” will not step down or call off the election FIFA will hold tomorrow, which election will give him another term in office.

Blatter has fostered a culture of secrecy and backroom deals for the 15 years he’s been FIFA’s dictator in charge.  Nothing fundamental will change while he’s the boss.  We can hope this latest scandal will lead to a bright new day for the beautiful game – but don’t hold your breath.


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