FIFA: Crooked and Corrupt

 

MY BLATTER IS FULL AND IT NEEDS TO BE RELIEVED!
 
I don’t need to go to the bathroom, but this crap needs to be flushed down the toilet and out of sight forever.
Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the FIFA president since 1998, deserves to be sacked. His 17-year presidency has produced a list of corruption scandals longer than a soccer match headed into penalties. (That’s over 2 hours long.)

 

 

Michael van Praag, head of the Dutch Football Association, said in an address regarding the upcoming FIFA presidential election, “When FIFA is in a state like this, and everyone knows what I mean, the person who is responsible for that…cannot be the same person who has to make a turn around.”
World Cup Corruption
 
FIFA’s history with World Cups under Blatter is freckled with more scandals than Jerry Sandusky has rape allegations.
Russia 2018
 
A report compiled by unidentified whistleblowers and ex-MI6 operatives details that paintings from Russian museum archives and money were given to influential FIFA executives.
Russia has also been accused of racial and LGBT+ insensitivity.
Qatar 2022
 
Qatari whistleblowers, The Daily Telegraph, and the former chairman of England’s Football Association made accusations that Qatar bought its World Cup too.
Plus, due to the Middle Eastern heat, the World Cup won’t be in the summer. Instead it will disrupt the world of club soccer and take place during the winter. While this may not be a scandal, logistically this is absolutely absurd.
These aren’t the only World Cup Scandals to emerge.
Brazil 2014
 
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is scarred by its ticket scandal. FIFA along with one of its hospitality partners are accused of selling VIP tickets at increased prices on the black market.
South Africa 2010
 
Alleged match fixing by referees characterizes the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Public outcry grew as FIFA took longer and longer to investigate a seemingly straightforward case.
It’s disappointing to think that the past two world cups and the next two world cups are marred by scandals.

 

 

Pure Ignorance
 
In 2004 Blatter said women’s soccer should become, “a more female aesthetic (sport). Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball.”
In a story told by U.S soccer star Abby Wambach, she claims that while she was with her wife backstage before the 2013 Ballon d’Or, the Oscars of soccer, Sepp Blatter approached Wambach’s wife saying “Marta! You are the very best!”
Marta is Brazils 5 time Ballon D’or recipient and not Wambach’s wife.
He also interrupted a minute of silence for Nelson Mandela, a day after he died. Blatter’s mouth was shut for only 20 seconds before he ordered everyone to clap.
Cover Up
 
No swindler is complete without a suspicious cover-up.
In response to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding scandals, FIFA hired federal prosecutor, Michael Garcia, to be the head of its Ethics Committee. He was commissioned to investigate if the allegations were true.
Garcia comprised a 430-page report detailing his investigation and calling for a reelection.
Blatter said that he welcomed the report hoping that it would put an end to the FIFA era of corruption.
Surely enough Blatter failed to follow through with his promise. He said the report would remain secret.
Who first welcomes a HUGE report outlining the illegal activities of FIFA then immediately retracts it? I’ll tell you, someone trying to cover something up.
Top put the cherry on top, Garcia resigned from the Ethics Committee because of a lack of leadership and difficulty to conduct his work. Garcia is a federal prosecutor best known for his work as a terrorist prosecutor. A man who deals with some of the most evil and malicious people in the world resigned from the benign governing body of soccer.
Does this say something about the officials that make up FIFA? Yes. Yes it does.
Give him a red card
 
Figure 3 Stock image of referee giving red card. Source Twitter
Blatter needs to leave FIFA immediately. He has reigned long enough. No yellow cards, no warnings, just the boot.
Sadly this probably won’t happen.
FIFA presidential elections are very similar to voting for your local U.S Representative. The incumbent wins the majority of the time.
The two candidates with the best chance to oust Blatter are Michael Van Praag, head of Dutch Football Association, and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, former VP of FIFA. Unfortunately, they have as good of a chance of beating Blatter as a 16 seed has of beating a 1 seed in March Madness.
But we can take a stand. As humans who stand up for moral righteousness, fair business practices, and ethical leaders we can continue to put pressure on FIFA to make changes. We can continue to spread the word about the corruption so more and more become aware.
While as individuals we are weak, united we are strong. Join these websites dedicated to ending FIFA’s corruption. Don’t write these websites off for being on Facebook and Twitter. Think about the role social media played in the Arab Spring.

 

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