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Sepp Blatter concocts his latest scheme to stay in power
I'm sure that with the help of others in the B/R community we could write a 500-plus-page manual on why exactly Sepp Blatter shouldn't even be trusted to run a lemonade stand. After assuming office in 1998 (yes he's been around that long), the Swiss official's reign has been marked with no small amount of scandals, dead-end investigations and just plain lunacy.
Here's a quick highlight reel of some Blatter gems from the past:
Blatter's initial appointment was clouded in controversy as 20 voters allegedly accepted envelopes filled with $50,000 in cash. If that wasn't enough, there was even a book written about it.
Not enough people watching women's soccer? Easy solution from Blatter's point of view:
They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?
Blatter has been vehemently opposed to any form of goal-line technology in the sport, which is a debate which has definite merit on both sides of the argument. Regardless of what is right or wrong, it has taken years for the man to sanction even the humblest of tests, and in 2012 we may finally see what the likes of Hawkeye, Cairos GLT and Goalminder can provide.
In the 2011 FIFA elections, we saw Blatter's only opposing candidate banned for life because of bribery allegations that remain unproven in any court of law. But more concerning than this was his statement earlier this fall that "there is no racism" in the game, and that any racist abuse in football could be settled with a handshake.
This didn't sit very well with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and the ensuing back-and-forth (played out of course on Twitter) saw FIFA "clear up the Blatter comments with a pic of him posing with a black man," the "black man" in question being Tokyo Sexwale, an anti-apartheid advocate in South Africa.
Move on Sepp—let's get FIFA in the 21st century.