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FIFA officials arrested over corruption charges

rebelinho

Moderator
http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/live---fifa-officials-arrested-5768773

This man is so full of shit it hurts.

Question: Have you ever thought of a lower moment in FIFA history?
Answer: Like I said at the very beginning, I will say it once again: This for FIFA is good.

It's not good for image, it's not good for reputation, but it's good for cleaning up the game. We wouldn't have initiated proceedings on the 18th November if we didn't think it would be good for FIFA.

Question: How can you rule out a re-vote when there is an investigation ongoing into these World Cups?
Answer: What do you expect from us? We speculate maybe Russia loses it - will they, won't they? Russia and Qatar will be played, I don't want to go into more speculation.

This one... this one hurts my brain.

Question: Why on earth is Mr Blatter still the right person to run FIFA? And is it not the case that football fans, not FIFA, are the damaged party?
Answer: The damaged party are all of us. On the first point, what do you want me to answer? Of course he is the president of FIFA but how can you say he has to step down. If the 209 members decide to vote for his re-election, how can we argue?
 

rebelinho

Moderator
The most relevant of them all is the one who walks away unharmed. I expected nothing yet I'm still disappointed.
 

rebelinho

Moderator
 

rebelinho

Moderator

rebelinho

Moderator
"I know a lot of people hold me responsible for the actions and reputations of the global football community, whether it is the decision of hosting a World Cup or a corruption scandal."

"We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it. But it must also fall to me to be responsible for the reputation of our entire organization, and to find a way to fix things."

"I will not allow the actions of a few to damage the reputation of FIFA."

"There can be no place for corruption of any kind."

"There can be no place for corruption"

"of any kind."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/sports/soccer/sepp-blatter-fifa-corruption-soccer.html
 

JohnSound

Registered User
I heard a political debate on the radio where someone asked if the "Home Nations" should lead the way in boycotting the next World Cup. A Scottish politician replied saying that we must be pioneers as we have been boycotting the World Cup since 1998!

In all seriousness though, do you really think Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland would voluntarily withdraw if they managed to qualify for the first time in ages? Not a chance. If there's to be any sort of boycott it has to come from UEFA and include all European countries.
 

rebelinho

Moderator
We must be pioneers as we have been boycotting the World Cup since 1998!



In all seriousness though, do you really think Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland would voluntarily withdraw if they managed to qualify for the first time in ages?

No. Anf if they did nobidy would care as they don't matter enough to make an impact.
 

JohnSound

Registered User
Harsh, but true. As I said it'd have to come from UEFA, and the sponsors. Pull all the European teams, and the money.

This must go deeper still, how can all the African & Asian voters, and everyone else, not see that Blatter must go?!
 

rebelinho

Moderator
Sorry for double posting, but this one deserves a post only for itself.

Very informative chart, showing FIFA is not corrupted. At all.



Bringing the words of Sir Sepp once again...

"I will not allow the actions of a few to damage the reputation of FIFA."

"There can be no place for corruption of any kind."

"There can be no place for corruption"

"of any kind."

I just hope all of them are arrested, for 5 years at least, and forced to pay 80% of their revenue from criminal activies.

The problem is always the "We kill the bad guy and two more even worse take his place". There is no way we, the fans, can have a legal and ethical board when they are awarded so much power. Not even Uncle Ben could teach them responsability.

I just hope these are taken care of. Whoever comes after them either learns with the former, or should follow the same way.
 

muscularmatt

Registered User



A lot of harsh criticism exists these days of people in authoritative positions, whether sport, politics or whatever so it's easy to get lost in the frenzy. But this guy deserves every bit. Every last shred of contempt, each single strand of hate, he's earned it. I don't think it would be a monstrous piece of hyperbole to say that the day he drops dead will be a step forward for the sport.
 

JohnSound

Registered User
The English (media at least) need to shut up about being ready to host the 2018 and/or 2022 World Cups. Most of the rest of the world thought that the vendeta against Blatter was driven by bitterness in losing the 2018 bid, we can clearly see now that it goes way deeper than that, but all these cries to step in and host are bringing the bitterness back to the top.

I'd love it if bidding for the 2022 World Cup was opened up again, but 2018 is going to Russia. Those calling for it to come to England need to stop being so arrogant and drop their sense of entitlement. Help FIFA reform, regroup, bid for 2026.
 

Ali

It is happening again
I'd love it if bidding for the 2022 World Cup was opened up again

I'm in two minds. There's been so many migrant worker deaths in the stadium construction in Qatar. If they go ahead and open the bidding again, it essentially means all those deaths have been for nothing.
 

Joel

Administrator
Staff member
This whole thing has definitely stemmed from bitterness. Both England and USA are hurt over not being chosen. England couldn't do much about it, as they have no real power, so they've had to wait for USA to do something about it. Sure, they've found out what we all know: FIFA is corrupt. But it's not to just expose them for the good of the world, it's because they weren't chosen. Both probably tried to bribe FIFA during bidding as well anyway.
 

IronCity

Banned
For the U.S. I don't believe it has anything to do about being "hurt" over not being chosen. Doesn't work that way in the united states. Rather, there is some big investor who got his ass handed to him with this deal going somewhere else so he ran to his good friend and buddy politician, likely a senator, who then instructed the Department of Justice to track these people down. Government by the few for the few.
 
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