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Sepp Blatter is a World Class Weenie


In a FIFA sanctioned event of great importance to the football world, the African Cup of Nations, the Togolese team is attacked by a bunch of machine gun wielding whackos.  Three people are killed and two players are shot and in serious condition.  The rest of the players feel fortunate to have escaped with their lives.  Angola, where the attack occurred, is two countries to the north of South Africa, which will host FIFA’s World Cup this summer and where there are already a lot of security concerns in that high-crime nation.

So what has FIFA President Sepp Blatter had to say about this atrocity?

“I have confidence in Africa and it’s on the strength of this confidence that we will together organize the flagship competition of world football in 2010,” Blatter said in a letter to African Football Confederation (CAF) president Issa Hayatou.

“This terrible incident will not make us forget that African football has written some beautiful pages in the history of world football. It is also the cradle of the pure jewels of football.”

Hey Sepp – thanks a lot for that.  If anyone has ever doubted that you are one of the great useless, egotistical weenies of all time, this should put that issue to rest.

“Cradle of the pure jewels of football?”  Huh?  I literally have no idea what he is talking about.  Maybe his statement needs a little re-write.  This attack is one of the most brazen, violent and horrific in the history of international football, but King Sepp is too much of a gladhander and pontificator to say something like this:

As President of FIFA, I care passionately about, and am ultimately responsible for, ensuring that our events are safe for the players and fans.  This horrific attack represented a clear failure of that sacred duty.  I am formally asking Issa Hayatou to suspend the games in Angola until he can present to me a detailed plan assuring the players’ security for the rest of the tournament.  Moreover, we at FIFA will redouble our efforts to work with the organizers of the World Cup this summer to make sure that all security concerns are addressed for the players and fans who will come to Africa to enjoy one of the great events in the history of sports.

I know putting out a statement like this, let alone actually doing the work required to ensure that his sanctioned events are safe, would get in the way of Sepp’s primary agenda, which includes:

  • Populating the FIFA Committees and boards with cronies who kiss his ass;
  • Flying around the world and have his ass kissed by other important people who want the World Cup staged in their country;
  • Putting out banal, vacuous statements about controversial things that need to be analyzed and judged, like the France vs. Ireland game, adding technology to aid the referees, cheating scandals in Italy and Eastern Europe, etc.;
  • Occasionally opening his pie hole to pontificate about how something associated with player transfers needs to be changed “for the good of the game.”

The lack of accountability of FIFA as a whole and Sepp Blatter in particular is simply staggering.  In the world’s most popular sport, its leaders have somehow fashioned a deal which leaves them completely unaccountable to the fans that ultimately finance and support their organization.  I feel nothing but sorrow for the Togolese players who found themselves in a war zone through no fault of their own, and nothing but contempt for the twits who refuse to take responsibility and address this catastrophe.

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  1. ahmad

    January 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Let us not forget that Italy and Spain let us not forget the Mafia and EPA

  2. sid

    January 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    wow seriously where there any doubt on the french(europe) world cup 1998 when there was unrest in kosovo(europe)

    or would you question the winter olympics in canada(n.america) if there was unrest in el salvador

    or will we ask to take off the euros of ukraine-poland(europe) if something triggered in the balkans(europe)

    lets stop treating africa as a single country-the unrest at angola and its neighbour has well escalated due to the arm race at the turn of the century
    south africa suffers from nothing like this in any sense

    ofcourse if safety is a really big issues a lot of real footballing nations can be crossed of the possible host list-of which no doubt argentina and brazil will lead the group followed by many european nations

  3. JorgeCurioso

    January 12, 2010 at 2:31 am

    If safety were a concern of FIFA, do you think that they would have awarded the World Cup to the homicide and rape capital of the world?

  4. brn442

    January 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I’m not a big fan of the man but your article is without focus and quite frankly – a bit juvenile.

    If you have a bone to pick, as the others have said, you should go after the CAF and the Angolan Gov’t/Federation. I would agree that if Fifa makes it their business to make sure that Tournament Stadia is up to their standards, they should also keep an eye on making sure the organizers’ security model is as well.

    This should be a wakeup call to all future sporting events but it’s rather an ignorant statement to say because “Angola, where the attack occurred, is two countries to the north of South Africa,” that there is some sort of a tie in. As the South African minister of sport rightfully said on BBC’s five live “you wouldn’t blame the Premiership for something that happens in Germany or Spain.”

  5. Adam S.

    January 11, 2010 at 9:09 am

    You left out that fact that Sepp Blatter would never say anything like that because he’s paid off every head of African football with FIFA money. Keeping fooballers safe is important to him, but it’s secondary to keeping himself in power. Andrew Jennings has proven this over and over again.

  6. timmyg

    January 11, 2010 at 8:57 am

    “It is also the cradle of the pure jewels of football.”

    Jewels? There is some colonial thinking for you.

  7. Chris

    January 11, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I agree with Iain, this post just like your trying to find reasons to slag Sepp Blatter off, he is an idiot but this has little to do with it and South Africa has a high crime rate not domestic terrorists. They are very different issues, high crime rates don’t lead to a bus shootings. And whilst we are on the subject some believe that the huge rise in legitamate business which comes from a sudden tourism boom may lead to a decrease in crime rate.

  8. Iain

    January 11, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I’m not too fond of Blatter but this seems like a bit of unnecessary attack on him. One which is a bit over-the-top on the aggression front.

    If something like this happened in the European Championships then you’d expect UEFA to deal with it, with FIFA’s help if asked for, and it’s not too dissimilar here.

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