Sepp Blatter has been a pompous , self serving, ethically shallow administrator of the world’s only global sport for many years, but his latest comments regarding racism in football travel beyond incompetent buffoonery into the murkier waters of moral bankruptcy.
Under Blatter’s stewardship FIFA has sailed a fine line between right & wrong on numerous occasions, but his comments this week demand that strong leaders across the footballing world rise up & show him the door to a long & lonely retirement.
Forget the corruption that rots at the core of FIFA’s world cup host selection process because that is but a sub-plot. Turn a blind eye to the ethically illogical tax demands that FIFA places on the governments that queue up to host it’s tournament because why should they pay tax when the grassroots supporter of the game can do that for them. Care not at the folly that allows them to say, straight faced, that wearing a poppy is a religious, political or commercial act.
But to stay quiet while he, the leader of world football, says that calling someone a black c**t can be resolved by a handshake and a post match prawn sandwich? No. I’m sorry Sepp but that’s unacceptable at anytime, anywhere and any place.
What baffles me most about the arrogance of the man is that, having been faced with a barrage of disbelief that he voiced this opinion, he didn’t rush to retract it and gloss over the details with some polished PR work, no he chose to re-iterate his views and get into a public twitter spat with one of the most famous black footballers of the last decade. If it wasn’t so sad and frustrating it would be funny.
Stephen Lawrence was an earnest young black man stabbed to death 18 years ago by a group of white youths for no other reason than they saw him as a worthless nigger (their words, not mine). How ironic it is then that his face adorns the front pages as 2 men are finally brought to trial for his murder whilst the back pages are dominated by a man whose own understanding of racism in football would seem to be stuck, with Stephen Lawrence’s last breath, in 1993.
About the Author
Written by thesportingmouth
Here is a bit more about me…….. Having failed to make it as a world class sportsman in any discipline I now settle for posting the odd sporting blog. I’m a West Ham fan with a season ticket at Reading, I love test match cricket & major championship golf and I have a growing & non perverted interest in womens football – trust me it’s the next big thing. I believe that the FA is run by a bunch of chumps & that England will win every tournament they’re in, I’m right about one & misguided by optimism on the other. I coach a kids football team and ride a bike to try and keep fit but it’s fair to say I’m losing a one sided battle with my waistline. My favourite sporting event is the Ryder Cup, look out for me on the first tee of the first game on the first morning – home or away I’ll be there. I'm also a big fan of baseball and especially college football - 100,000 people to watch a bunch of amateur kids? How can that be anything but great sporting drama...