SyFy channel’s No. 1 villain of the past decade, Sepp Blatter, was re-elected to serve as FIFA president under the most acrimonious circumstances earlier this year.
The Swiss won a democratic election that had not one candidate standing in opposition.
Since he ascended to the summit of world football in 1998, Blatter has consistently found himself the subject of media scrutiny. At no other time has this held more truth than during this year’s presidential race and the aftermath of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding race.
Indeed, such pressure made Blatter look a broken man in an official FIFA press conference on May 30th.
New rumours have seen the villain of the past decade become linked to yet more controversy.
Newspaper back pages have been swarmed with rumours that Blatter could leave his position before his term expires in 2015.
Fans may therefore be disheartened to learn that he has recently dismissed such rumours as “utter nonsense.”
Whether fans like it or not, it seems certain that Blatter will see out the entirety of his presidential term.
Although progress since Blatter was once again sworn in as president has been slow, it is not impossible for the Swiss to implement some measures that could redeem his name.
This slideshow will look into five issues that Blatter needs to address if he hopes to ease the scrutiny his reign, and FIFA as an organisation, comes under.