15 Reasons Why Sepp Blatter Shouldn't Be Running FIFA

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer INovember 30, 2011

15 Reasons Why Sepp Blatter Shouldn't Be Running FIFA

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    Sepp Blatter has been the president of FIFA since 1998 and football has seen some of its craziest incidents under their Swiss president.

    Football has put their first World Cups in both Asia and Africa, respectively, and has grown at a tremendous rate in new markets.

    However, football has been put into chaotic situations over the last few years and in some cases, FIFA has become a complete joke for what it has or, in some cases, hasn't done.

    Blatter has just gotten over his recent racism remarks that got many people to call for him to resign.

    Here are some reasons why Blatter should step down as FIFA president.

The Lack of Progress in FIFA

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    FIFA has been a backward organization since Sepp Blatter took over as president. FIFA has continued to abide by the same backward principles that has caused it to become an absolute joke of an organization.

    Blatter has continued to refuse for FIFA (and football for that matter) to become an organization that will change for their own good.

    Football has not been able to give clear answers on important questions, and the organization has suffered as a result. Once Blatter leaves, FIFA will start to achieve progress.

Comparing Footballers to Slaves

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    Following Cristiano Ronaldo's fantastic 2007-2008 season, he was heavily linked to join Real Madrid. Ronaldo wanted to join Madrid, but Manchester United refused to let him leave.

    Shortly afterward, Blatter said "There's too much modern slavery, in transferring players or buying players."

    Of course this caused a massive uproar and Blatter later apologized for this comment.

    Ronaldo went on to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

Anti-Gay Comments

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    Blatter has not been kind to homosexuals as FIFA president.

    In 2008, Blatter decided to encourage gays to come out and not worry about the manly atmosphere that football contains.

    Blatter then said "There are gay footballers, but they don't declare it because it will not be accepted in these macho organisations. But look at women's football – homosexuality is more popular there!"

    After awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a nation in which a person could face the death penalty for committing a homosexual act, Blatter inappropriately joked "I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities" when discussing gay fans at the tournament.

    These comments caused Blatter to face serious criticism for his actions.

Allowing for a Dysfunctional Executive Committee

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    FIFA is one of the most corrupt organizations on Earth. There are shady deals going on throughout the organization, and nothing was done about it until there was a serious presidential contender in 2011.

    Of course, Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner were both forced out of FIFA, but it was Blatter's fault that they were eliminated. He harbored a corrupt corporation and has subsequently hurt FIFA's image to the world.

Ridiculous Rules

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    In the final of the 2010 World Cup, Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal in extra time for Spain. He went on to take off his shirt and on the tank top that was under his shirt was a message to his friend, Dani Jarque, who died in 2009 from a heart attack before a match.

    Iniesta was given a yellow card due to his actions. Any rational person would wonder why Iniesta would be booked for honoring his deceased friend.

    The reason why is due to a rule that Sepp Blatter introduced that gives a yellow card to any player who removes their jersey in celebration.

Opposing Goal-Line Technology

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    If you know football, you know that goal-line technology has not been implemented in the game, despite the fact it could be used to help fix a serious problem.

    Blatter has said numerous times that he opposes goal-line technology and even after several controversial calls in major international tournaments over the past few years, he has held firm on his belief.

    Football needs to get some sort of technology that could be used to help fix these controversial calls. That will never happen with Sepp Blatter running FIFA.


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    FIFA is a corrupt organization. This is something that cannot be understated at all when you consider how important this organization is.

    When you have two of your most powerful members in Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner forced out following the 2011 FIFA presidential election, that is all that you need to know that something major is wrong.

    Considering some of the controversial World Cup host choices that we have seen lately and the fact that Blatter ran unopposed when he was heavily ridiculed in a "democratic election," someone is needed to come in and clean up FIFA.

Denying Corruption Existed in FIFA

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    "There is no systematic corruption in Fifa. That is nonsense. We are financially clean and clear."

    Blatter gave this quote after England failed to win the 2018 World Cup to a Swiss magazine. Blatter denying corruption existed in FIFA is a joke in and of itself, considering the corruption the English media found before the vote, which included Executive Committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii getting suspended for accepting bribes to change their vote for the 2018 World Cup.

    Of course we saw both Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner get kicked out of FIFA this year and the "democratic" election that FIFA has gave Blatter the presidency while he ran unopposed.

2011 FIFA Election

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    Mohamed Bin Hammam decided early in 2011 that he was going to oppose Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Even though he did not appear to be capable of winning the election, he was still trying to win.

    Just days before the election, Hammam and Warner was caught trying to bribe Caribbean officials with money by fellow Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer and they were both suspended, with Warner resigning and Hammam getting a lifetime suspension from football.

    Blatter went on to win unopposed with 178 votes from the world's football federations.

Actions After 2011 FIFA Election to Make It Appear FIFA Is Progressing

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    Following the election, Blatter appointed former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, football legend Johan Cruyff, former FBI chief Louis Freeh and famous opera singer Plácido Domingo to a "committee of wiser persons" who would research the corruption in FIFA.

    When discussing the committee, Blatter said "They are not the experts but advisers and what they should be also is the kind of council of wisdom which my executive committee would not like because they think they are the council of wisdom."

    Of course this committee has contributed nothing and this phony move by Blatter causes questions over if he really thinks he could convince us that progress could be made with an opera singer in your "committee of wiser persons."

Racism Comments

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    "Before the match and at the end of the match everyone shall shake hands and therefore also forget what has been on the field of play."

    That quote by Sepp Blatter two weeks ago has started a new movement to remove the FIFA president from office.

    Racism has become less prevalent over the past several decades, but it still is a part of the game today. To hear that Blatter doesn't think so is a crime, and despite the numerous calls for him to resign, Blatter has refused to do so.

    No matter what, Blatter's statements were inappropriate and considering the supposed incidents of racism in the Premier League over the past month, you have to wonder if Blatter is on the same planet as us.

The 2022 World Cup

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    Last year, FIFA awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

    Qatar, a nation that deals with extreme heat in the summer and has never qualified for a World Cup, will be the smallest nation to ever host the World Cup.

    Of course Qatar has extreme wealth and there is very little doubt that they used their cash to influence getting chosen as World Cup hosts.

    In a nation in which it is illegal to consume alcohol in public, to be gay in public, and where women cannot drive and have only recently earned the right to vote, Qatar has plenty of problems.

    Blatter has supported this bid and one has to wonder if and when Qatar will be denied of hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Sexist Comments Toward Women Footballers

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    "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts."

    This 2004 quote was until recently the most controversial quote that Blatter has said to the media. Blatter's endorsement for women footballers to wear tighter shorts in order to get more followers received nothing but negative criticism across the board.

    Ex-English goalkeeper Pauline Cope responded to this comment by saying "It's completely irresponsible for a man in a powerful position to make comments like this."

    To make matters even worse, ex-Fulham manager Marieanne Spacey responded to Blatter's comment by saying, "Ten years ago we did play in tighter shorts. Nobody paid attention then."

Terrible Sportsmanship in the 2006 World Cup

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    In the 2006 World Cup, Blatter made two infamous statements.

    In a round of 16 matchup between the Netherlands and Portugal, 20 cards were handed out altogether for both teams by Russian referee Valentin Ivanov in what is popularly known as the Battle of Nuremberg.

    Following the match, Blatter told Portuguese television, "I consider the referee was not at the same level as the participants, the players. I think there could have been a yellow card for the referee."

    Blatter eventually apologized for his actions but never made a personal apology to Ivanov for his comments.

    At the final, Blatter was not present to award Italy the World Cup trophy, which caused people to think that Blatter did this because he wanted France to win. Blatter later said that he didn't appear because he didn't want to get heckled.

    Considering Blatter's in the 2006 World Cup, it makes you wonder how he was able to stay on for this long.

Too Much Weight on Choosing World Cup Destinations

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    Just over a year ago, Sepp Blatter was playing chicken with England with the 2018 World Cup bid on the line.

    First, Blatter appeared amazed by England's bid last October before claiming that the English won't lose support after getting two executive committee suspended for selling their votes just weeks before the vote.

    After BBC's Panaroma displayed more corruption in FIFA and England displayed their final bid presentation, Blatter appeared impressed by their bid and gave England lots of hope when it came to winning their vote.

    Of course England got eliminated in the first round of voting and Blatter supposedly told the ExCo members to take into account recent allegations when it came to voting.

    Even though he is president, Blatter should not prevent a democratic vote (or whatever FIFA considers to be democratic) from taking place. Blatter played a massive role in the demise of the English bid and no president should do anything like this.

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