Sepp Blatter: It's Not Too Late to Improve the Game and Your Reputation

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Sepp Blatter:  It's Not Too Late to Improve the Game and Your Reputation
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Come on Sepp, step up and do what is right!

Mr. Sepp Blatter, 

I am going to cut right to the chase.  It is 2011 and it is pretty safe to say you have done the game of football more harm than good since you took charge of FIFA in 1998.  Luckily, the performances of players like Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Zidane, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Ryan Giggs and Xavi—just to name a few, have been able to overshadow the controversies you created or failed to address over the years.

Instead of all the behind-closed-door dealings you have done for the benefit of yourself and the other  "fat cats," the number one concern should be the supporters.  We spend a significant amount of time and money to enjoy the game and we feel short changed from your inability to do what is right and best for the game.   

Keep in mind that supporters are more aware of the nuances of the game due to improvements in technology and easier access to information.  Perhaps you should do the same in making the game better for all of us.  

Where to begin....

OFFICIATING

Let me ask a question: how are fans all over the world watching a game that is still subject to mistakes from referees at the highest level.  Let's talk 2010 World Cup.  Here is a tournament where millions and millions of dollars are at stake and national pride is on the line.  How many games were ruined before and during the World Cup?  Ireland-France; England-Germany; Brazil-Ivory Coast; Argentina-Mexico; USA-Slovenia are just a few matches that were essentially ruined because of poor officiating.  

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These kind of mistakes should never happen at a venue like the World Cup
You mentioned once that "mistakes are a part of the game." Why should they be when the technology and funds are there to minimize bad officiating going forward?  Why can't the technology used in tennis be applied to football for goals?  Why can't there be another official monitoring activity inside the 18?  Why not have instant replay on red card decisions and hand balls.  Will the added time and cost be that detrimental to the game? 

Other sports have not suffered from improvements in officiating, so it may be time to speed up the process and begin implementing these improvements.

Goal line technology and a controlled form of instant replay will exponentially eliminate or minimize the "what if the right call was made" argument.    


2018 AND 2022 WORLD CUP

While there are a few pros for selecting Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, it seems the negatives outweigh the positives given all the recent talk about corruption and nations being selected for the wrong reasons.  Is there going to be a resolution to this matter?  Chances are this will end up turning into a witch hunt that will only make FIFA look weaker and more corrupt than what is already perceived. 

Unfortunately, in this situation, the damage has already been done and it will be difficult to rectify this situation because millions of dollars will have probably gone to waste if Qatar or Russia is stripped of the World Cup host status.  If corruption is proven, then stepping down will be the best option.  You have done more than enough damage while in charge and this must be where your abuse of power must come to a halt.  

At the end of the day, it seems you have used your position to your benefit as opposed to making the game better for everyone.  If you can use your current term to improve how games are officiated at the very minimum, it will be a huge step in the right direction and it will allow you to regain the credibility that you have lost over the past 13 years.

It's not too late to do the right thing.   

Sincerely Yours,

A fan

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