Week 22: Prat – FIFA

by Ray_North on May 31, 2015

prat_iconThis Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the FIFA delegates who voted Sepp Blatter back into the Presidency.

I’ve been trying to think of an analogy that sits comfortably with the vote by FIFA delegates to re-elect Sepp Blatter to the presidency – and, I think it’s this: it’s like the Labour Party electing a leader whose campaign team had been accused of taking bribes from various individuals and companies to influence party policy – to be fair to Labour (and we always try to be on these pages, bless us), that would never happen.

FIFA, and indeed football sees itself in a very different way. Indeed it appears to have little concept of the notions of probity and fairness – believes itself to be above the law. For the 133 delegates who voted for Blatter, it is as though the serious allegations of bribery, money laundering and corruption that have led to the arrest of 7 top FIFA officials by the FBI, together with a number of allegations levelled by journalists and others into the way in which FIFA has conducted itself over the last two decades, are irrelevant – they don’t give a monkeys.

It is absolutely breathtaking – we are talking about 100millions of dollars being taken in bribery and misappropriated in various acts of corruption, we are talking about world cup tournaments being awarded because of back handers and sweeteners – but, it means nothing. For the shameful 133, the only thing that matters is that Sepp Blatter, at the times when it counted most, made sure that the right nests were feathered. It is a farce of the highest order – and the ones who suffer are the football fans, people from across the world who love the game and want to see it run in a fair and proper way; or the little kids who dream of being footballers, because they have felt the exhilaration of kicking a ball or scoring a goal.

Football deserves better than Sepp Blatter and the 133 Prats who re-elected this ageing tyrant.

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