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FIFA Head Sepp Blatter: John Terry Would Be Applauded In Latin America

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 04:  President of FIFA Sepp Blatter presents the official match ball for the FIFA World Cup 2010 on December 4, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images for Adidas)
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Siva PrasadCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2010

John Terry’s next nightmare just became reality as FIFA President Sepp Blatter backed up the former England captain by explaining to the world exactly why the John Terry scandal has created such a big fuss.

The embarrassing FIFA President said to reporters in Vancouver:

Listen, this is a special approach in the Anglo-Saxon countries. If this had happened in, let's say, Latin countries, then I think he would have been applauded.

Blatter was in Canada to attend the International Olympic Committee’s session, and this pathetic observation will have done little to convince the footballing world and general public alike that the head of the biggest sport on the planet is not losing his marbles.

Fortunately for Blatter, the position of FIFA President is not voted for by the footballing world.

Instead, it is a group of pseudo-bureaucrats who hold office in FIFA’s member associations that vote for the role of president. They have kept Mr. Joseph in his comfy chair since 1998.

It is not the first time Blatter has voiced an opinion or made a comment devoid of all plausible logic.

Back in 2004, the FIFA President announced his thought out strategy to improve the appeal of women’s soccer—female footballers wearing tighter shorts and low cut shirts.

Needless to say, the ladies were not amused. Norway’s Lisa Klaveness went as far as to say, as quoted by the Guardian:

If the crowd only wants to come and watch models, then they should go and buy a copy of Playboy.

So far, we are still awaiting word from the Latin countries as to whether or not they would consider building a pedestal honouring John George Terry (if he were Latin), for his magnanimous contribution to the lives and of each every Latino and Latina alike.

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