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BLATTER TURNS HUMILIATION INTO TRIUMPH AS FIFA GIVES THE ‘PIRATES’ FROM THE ENGLISH FA ANOTHER GOOD KICKING

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Blatter says he will learn from his "slapping"

Blatter says he will learn from his "slapping"

BY JOHN GUBBA

Love him or hate him, you have to admire the way Sepp Blatter has expertly navigated the stormy waters of his FIFA re-election like a triumphant admiral who has neatly dodged the pirates trying to sink him.

Equally, credit where credit is due and the ice cool Swiss politican has wasted no time in setting about reforming FIFA.  The 75-year-old started his fourth term as President after announcing a raft of measures designed to give the world’s governing body greater transparency and accountability.

A secret ballot saw Blatter re-elected with 186 votes and 17 abstentions as he stood unopposed as  the only candidate, following Mohamed Bin Hammam’s withdrawal on Sunday – hours before he was provisionally banned over allegations that he was involved in Qatar paying bribes to secure the 2022 World Cup.

England humiliated by 2018 World Cup vote for Russia

England humiliated by 2018 World Cup vote for Russia

Earlier Blatter announced a new system of choosing World Cup hosts with all 208 Fifa nations voting instead of the 24-man executive committee. He told the Congress: ”I thank you for your trust and confidence from the bottom of my heart and together we will have four more years – provided the Lord gives me the life, the energy and the strength to continue on our path.”

His victory will taste even sweeter because the Football Association’s fruitless attempt to block the vote ended in heavy defeat and vengeful recriminations. It left England looking even more  isolated than ever in the corridors of power of  world football.  FA chairman David Bernstein said his organisation’s move had been worthwhile and insisted they had not suffered for sticking their head above the parapet. But it is hard to agree. Even Wales and Northern Ireland voted against England and the fall-out saw several powerful figures in football line up to attack the FA.

The leaders of associations from Haiti, DR Congo, Benin, Fiji and Cyprus all spoke to criticise the FA’s move, and the most forceful attack came from FIFA’s senior vice-president Julio Grondona of Argentina who branded England a bunch of “pirates” fueled by ” journalism which is more busy lying than telling the truth.”

Meanwhile, centre stage the all-conquering Blatter said he would learn from the ”public anger” and would lead FIFA out of their current predicament: ”We have been hit and I personally have been slapped. We have made mistakes and we will learn from this. I can say to a certain extent that this is a good warning, not just to look into our problems and I am willing to face the public anger in order to serve football.”

While England’s football team can only dream of one day re-living the glories of 1966, off the pitch the English FA are even less effective. Embarrassed with total rejection in the vote to stage the 2018 World Cup, this was another day when our influence on the world game was once again exposed as being as low as it can get.

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WHY DOES DICTATOR BLATTER THINK HE IS GOOD FOR THE GAME? IT IS TIME TO BOOT HIM OUT

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Crisis? What crisis? asks Sepp Blatter

Crisis? What crisis? asks Sepp Blatter

BY JOHN GUBBA

What a staggering show of defiance by FIFA President Sepp Blatter who has shrugged off the crisis surrounding his governing body at a remarkable press conference in Zurich.

And how sad that this FIFA farce should take the spotlight away from the Champions League Final that represented everything good about The Beautiful Game.

Blatter has dismissed all allegations of corruption from all quarters including his own vice President Jack Warner who says “Blatter must be stopped”

Like all dictators Blatter refuses to accept criticism. He insists his organisation is “not in crisis just facing difficulties” and dismisses all allegations of corruption

Despite growing calls for him to resign and corruption allegations over the vote that awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup, Blatter is determined he will be reappointed FIFA President for another four years on Wednesday (June 1).

It will take a revolution within FIFA to stop Blatter extending his 14 years in power. And sadly that is unlikely to happen despite Warner’s opposition.

Blatter says he is good for the game. But ask anyone outside FIFA and you would struggle to fill a small room who agree with him.

The truth is the FIFA President has brought The Beautiful Game into disrepute. And the time has come for Blatter and his chronies to step aside or for a new governing body to take control of the world game.

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FOOTBALL RANT: "WHY THE GAME IS IN A MESS" – IAN HOLLOWAY TO REPLACE FIFA BOSS SEPP BLATTER

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EUROPEAN GIANTS FLEX MUSCLES WITH WORLD CUP WARNING FOR FIFA FOLLOWING CONFUSION CAUSED BY BLATTER

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BY JOHN GUBBA

 

AS EUROPE’s big guns flex their muscles in football’s corridors of power, the question has to be asked: How much longer can Sepp Blatter continue as the dictatorial President of FIFA, writes John Gubba.

Members of the European Club Association (ECA), representing the continent’s top football clubs, have warned FIFA they are running out of patience with how football is governed on the world stage.

And the buck must stop with Blatter after presiding over the shambolic decision to hand the 2022 World Cup to Qatar without resolving the fundamental question of when the tournament will be staged.

The ECA have demanded a greater say in FIFA’s decisions and criticised FIFA for the confusion over speculation of a possible switch of the 2022 Finals to the winter.

On Monday, FIFA president Blatter performed an apparent u-turn on his previous suggestions that the 2022 World Cup would take place in  winter by saying a summer tournament in Qatar had been “settled”.

But the level of European irritation was summed up 24 hours later when ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared: “The time for monopolies is over. Football needs democracy and transparency.”

“Rummenigge, speaking after the 136-member association’s general assembly in Geneva, added: “ECA members agree that all clubs must be meaningfully involved in all decisions affecting club football. Now is the time for change

In a statement, the ECA expressed its “concern on the way matters of such importance are managed by football’s world governing body” and its opposition to the “disruption” of the possibility of a winter World Cup.

Blatter is a master politician gifted in the art of survival and, despite putting his foot in his mouth on many occasions, he has done much to promote football’s global standing. There is no doubt his passion for the game is genuine. But it is impossible to see how a dinasaur who is blatantly more sexist than Andy Gray and Richard Keys and who lacks the transparency to clean up the rumours of  corruption can give FIFA the decisive leadership required in the modern world.

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