If you haven’t been following any of the events surrounding Sepp Blatter recently, you should because the stuff is downright entertaining. The guy has made movies where he is the hero putting soccer on the map, he’s resigned as FIFA chief only to pull a SIKE! and not resign. If nothing else he keeps you on your toes.
Of course there is the bribery and corruption scandal gripping FIFA brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, which Blatter insists is engineered as revenge for taking away the 2022 World Cup from the U.S. after a secret vote.
In an interview with state owned Russian media TASS he said:
Do you think it was a mistake to simultaneously hold the elections of both 2018 and 2022 World Cups in 2010?
He said, “In 2010 we had a discussion of the World Cup and then we went to a double decision. For the World Cups it was agreed that we go to Russia because it’s never been in Russia, eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers. And everything was good until the moment when Sarkozy came in a meeting with the crown prince of Qatar, who is now the ruler of Qatar (Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani).
“And at a lunch afterwards with Mr. Platini he said it would be good to go to Qatar. And this has changed all pattern. There was an election by secret ballot. Four votes from Europe went away from the USA and so the result was fourteen to eight. If you put the four votes, it would have been twelve to ten. If the USA was given the World Cup, we would only speak about the wonderful World Cup 2018 in Russia and we would not speak about any problems at FIFA.”
Blatter also claims that his current unfortunate state of affairs is a plot hatched by UEFA president Michel Platini, as Platini wants so badly to be FIFA president, but he just doesn’t have the ‘courage’ to run.
What’s strange is that Blatter basically admitted to some shady stuff going on in the vote to give Qatar the right to host the World Cup. Secret ballots, last minute secret meetings, vote changes; things that don’t sound innocent.
Not that Blatter has done anything to invoke any sympathies, but now it’s gotten to the point where you almost (but really not at all) feel sorry for the guy as he’s unraveling before the world’s eyes.
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