Is FIFA about to enter a ‘black hole’ of Blatter’s own making?

Given FIFA sponsors are getting itchy over allegations of corruption amongst some of it’s highest placed officials, it’s worth asking whether this was something like the “black hole” Sepp Blatter had in mind when he argued the organisation had no alternative but to vote him back into office tomorrow:

Nevertheless, it is worthwhile outlining what the alternative would be, i.e. none at all.

“What applies for every carpenter also applies for us: the roof will only hold as long as the foundations are in place.
“If the ground beneath crumbles, the entire edifice will collapse. And that is precisely what is at stake on 1 June. All or nothing!” only hold as long as the foundations are in place.

“If the ground beneath crumbles, the entire edifice will collapse. And that is precisely what is at stake on 1 June. All or nothing!”

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  • When Coca Cola and Adidas are criticising your ethics you really know there must be something wrong. Like being accused of being isolationist by North Korea.

  • Of course Blatter believes he is vital to FIFA but he is one of a dwindling band.

    FIFA need root and branch clear out and restructuring and Blatter is not the one to do it. He is tarnished.

  • Mick Fealty

    What’s intriguing about his comments from a month ago is that he seems to be suggesting the whole thing will fall apart without him holding it together.

    Not an appealing pitch for his election campaign, but also worrying considering the way the evidence is being slowly dragged out of Soccer’s Swiss based law making body.

    Just look at his rivals pitch: that under Blatter has been running an organisation that has not been amenable to the normal rules of accountability.

    Grist in there for a GAWA mill?

  • He is rattled and at the moment everything seems to be in favour of real change. The press conference yesterday did him no good at all. Its obvious he blames the British media for the situation but I watched other channels later and they were all carrying the story.

    He is right about one thing 208 members is unwieldy and works in his favour. 75% is a big number to pull together. I think he will be reelected but if he thinks it will end there,he is wrong.

    At 75 he should be thinking about his legacy not covering his back.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Grist in there for a GAWA mill?

    Mick

    Linking the two is quite a feat….perhaps a bit of ‘clarification’ is in order???

  • I didn’t like to ask, surely, occasionally our little part of the world is just another cog.

  • “not been amenable to the normal rules of accountability.

    Grist in there for a GAWA mill?”

    This is double-dutch to me, Mick! Might you be referring to the green and white army? Would ein Staat, ein Verband, eine Stimme be the mantra?

  • It may be that there are comparisons the relatively recent battle between IFA and FAI?

    I’m going off all these abbreviations its beginning to sound like a Yankee. radio station.

  • Reader

    Chris Donnelly: Linking the two is quite a feat….perhaps a bit of ‘clarification’ is in order???
    Surely one option is that the FAI was well attuned to working with a corrupt bureaucracy, and so was better able to get the decisions it wanted from FIFA.
    I can’t actually see any mileage in that one, though. There are bigger fish to fry.

  • “If the ground beneath crumbles, the entire edifice will collapse.”

    Should we be surprised at such alarmist language by a former president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders? How did such a person get to become FIFA president in the first place? Would many mourn his departure?

  • The FA (English) have asked for the election to be postponed, they appear to be quite gungho (for them) and some of the all important sponsors are making disapproving noises . If the election is cancelled I take back what I said above, I think it will be all over, for Blatter.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Surely one option is that the FAI was well attuned to working with a corrupt bureaucracy

    Reader
    You clearly aren’t aware of the perceptions of the IFA that are commonly held by GAWA supporters….

  • Neil

    Here’s a bit more on player eligibility:

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/jim-boyce-northern-ireland-players-who-joined-republic-would-have-been-better-off-staying-put-16006018.html

    Interesting line taken there, along with the old ‘why won’t you just be British’ whinge there’s an expansion into ‘we’re crap so if you play with us you’ll get more game time’.

  • Mick Fealty

    More to the point Nev. He thinks *he* is the ground.

  • Obelisk

    It’s nice how we can take any issue, no matter how global it’s reach or far-reaching it’s implications and reduce it to it’s most important elements, i.e. how it affects the north of Ireland.

    So we have FIFA apparently rotten to the core, undermining the spirit of the World’s most popular sport, even to the point where it is widely believed that the World Cup itself may essentially have been bought.

    Here though we have the inference that those corrupt and nasty people at the top of FIFA were never going to give the IFA a fair hearing,because the FAI are just better at schmoozing which is why they got shafted on the player eligibility issue.

    I suppose it’s possible. Of course maybe the FAI came out on top in the eligibility dispute because the IFA rejected FIFA’S original compromise (both associations can pick from both territories) and went for broke at the court of sport arbitration where they had the rules clarified forever to their detriment.

    On the main issue at hand though it’s clear to anyone that Blatter is tarnished goods. He may personally feel that he’s been done in by a British press vindictive at they’re not winning the 2018 cup but the wider preception is that there is something foul at the top of FIFA and the organisation is now badly in need of the root and branch of reform of the sort the IOC went through a few years ago. Blatter is not the man to do it.

  • Surely there must be somebody amongst the FIFA delegates to have the backbone to stand against Blatter if only as a ‘stalking horse’? If Blatter was toppled, you can imagine the members of FIFA falling over themselves to reveal their qualms about this autocrat. It’s like a stalinist regime with all the sheep shuffling in behind the leader and nobody daring to compete against him. As for the English, do they not have a delegate or representative to stand against Blatter? It seems like everyone can smell the odour of the stinky elephant in the room but nobody has the spine to do anything about it. I guess that the FIFA elections are like any election: you get what you deserve.

  • Its also true that FIFA don’t like the British they can break it down to its component parts but they don’t like that either! So its fair to say conspiracy theorists are on fertile ground.

    Blatter blamed the British media for the English losing their world cup bid. I said then that he had made serious enemies.

    It could be that the English FA don’t punch their weight but the British media do, unless Blatter can save the election and/or produce a superinjunction, he’s toast.

  • Neil

    Here though we have the inference that those corrupt and nasty people at the top of FIFA were never going to give the IFA a fair hearing,because the FAI are just better at schmoozing which is why they got shafted on the player eligibility issue.

    Nicely done Obelisk. So the decision that went exactly the way NI Nationalists (mostly) wanted it to was down to corruption and schmoozing. The Nationalists didn’t and don’t have a point. We may be Irish in nationality, hold Irish passports, and support the Irish (32 county) team, but our motives and thoughts are entirely invalid because NI Loyalism says so.

    Bullshit. Our point of view was valid, it was endorsed by FIFA and even if that were not enough CAS ruled in our favour. But oh no, that was not because we were right but because FIFA (and by extension, presumably CAS as well) are corrupt organisations and because the FAI are more adept at ‘schmoozing’.

    I don’t think so myself, I kind of see it more as one of many examples where NI’s Unionists are out of step with the rest of the world, so much so that when not one but (the only) two international arbiters tell you so you still refuse to believe it.

    I suppose it’s possible. Of course maybe the FAI came out on top in the eligibility dispute because the IFA rejected FIFA’S original compromise

    Or maybe, just maybe the IFA was and is wrong? No? All Nationalists, FIFA, CAS etc, are all wrong. Only Unionists are right. Again. Horseshit.

    (both associations can pick from both territories) and went for broke at the court of sport arbitration where they had the rules clarified forever to their detriment.

    Yet some still don’t get it. In fact having ruled CAS have said exactly what the situation is in terms only a moron could fail to comprehend. Still people say ‘we have to go to FIFA and get this sorted out once and for all’. It has been sorted. Just because it didn’t work out your way doesn’t mean it didn’t work out the right way.

  • iluvni

    On account of the outrageous approval given to the FAI’s despicable behaviour, the IFA should have been up front in opposing Blatter from the start. A voice in the wilderness perhaps, but a voice raised in objection nonetheless.

  • joeCanuck

    La FIFA c’est moi

    Blatter, FIFA’s sun king. Time for him to go, even for the symbolism. His antics at yesterday’s press conference were simply outrageous..

  • Reader

    Chris Donnelly: You clearly aren’t aware of the perceptions of the IFA that are commonly held by GAWA supporters…
    I said “with a corrupt bureaucracy”, not “as a corrupt bureaucracy”.
    And if I failed to get your misreading of my point, maybe you should take some of your advice to Mick, and add a bit of ‘clarification’ yourself.

  • England and Scotland have called for a suspension of the elections, anybody know what the Welsh, the Northern Irish and the Irish are calling for?

    If not what are they getting by supporting the status quo?

  • dodrade

    From his comments yesterday it sems unlikely Jim Boyce will rock the boat.