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Do not let Sepp Blatter be the one to reform FIFA


I’m sick and tired of many in the soccer world taking the opportunity to laugh and celebrate the forthcoming departure of Sepp Blatter from FIFA. Yes, I’m pleased that the FIFA President will no longer be in office in six to nine months from now, but the reality is that little or nothing will change in FIFA if Sepp Blatter is the one who is personally leading the reform and finding a successor.

Blatter, along with his henchmen, cannot be trusted to reform FIFA. That’s like asking Bernie Madoff to reform the US banking industry. It’s simply not going to work.

Sure, it’s likely that Blatter will enact some changes such as term limits that will put FIFA in a more positive light and will help silence the critics, but catastrophic changes are needed within this organization to hold FIFA transparent and accountable. Instead, Blatter is likely to add more layers of bureaucracy that will only help protect his cronies.

To illustrate a perfect example of what Blatter is doing in his role of reforming FIFA, take a look at his tweet from earlier today:

Blatter is attempting to end his legacy in FIFA by doing the double — pacifying soccer fans and critics in the media, and giving the FIFA members a ‘meaningful reform’ that will result in as few changes as possible to each member country’s power while giving the outwardly appearance of big changes.

Given the pull that Blatter has within the FIFA organization, he will be able to pull it off, duping everyone and ending his legacy on what will appear to be a positive light. That is until months or years later we get frustrated with the lack of transparency and FIFA’s complete incompetence once again.

Some experts have questioned whether we need a FIFA at all. Others, such as Simon Evans, have suggested that FIFA should remove the post of Presidency, and instead elect a good, representative exco, hire a good CEO and end the ‘regimes’ and fiefdoms.

But the reality is that there will be no positive change with Blatter at the helm for the next six to nine months. And there’s unlikely to be any dramatic progress after his successor takes his position.

I believe the only way to enact real change at FIFA is to continue to pressure sponsors to remove Blatter so that the reform can be discussed, analyzed and made by people outside of Blatter’s sphere of influence. If Blatter remains in power for the next 6-9 months as he plans to do, the chances that FIFA will be reformed in the way that it should will be practically zero.

It’s time for soccer fans to become outraged that Sepp Blatter is taking charge of FIFA’s reform process. If you are, consider contacting the FIFA sponsors and ask for real change by telling them to stop supporting Sepp Blatter and FIFA with their money.


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  1. Frill Artist

    June 6, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Well said.

  2. Blue Lou

    June 4, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you for banging this drum. Please do not stop. You are right, the ONLY way to get serious change is to force sponsors to act.

    My radical suggestion is to blow up CONCACAF. Much of the “criminal intensity” of the whole scandal comes from the region. Let’s start over with Mexico and the US putting together a smaller and better confederation of legitimate soccer nations.

    • supertrev

      June 5, 2015 at 2:59 am

      The stronger CONCACAF nations should join COMNEBOL, while the remaining minnows can battle it out w/ Oceania for 1 WC slot

      • CTBlues

        June 5, 2015 at 6:33 am

        I would like to join COMNEBOL but do you really think it is any better than CONCACAF?

        • francis

          June 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

          Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay just a little bit better than Cayman Islands St.Kitts/Nevis and Grenada

        • Blue Lou

          June 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

          CONMEBOL has issues as well (especially doing business with Traffic Sports), but there are not associations within it that exist ONLY to commit fraud. Nothing would be better for US Soccer than to be forced to play many more good teams in WC qualifying (and a Pan-American Championship on a regular basis as well).

  3. Yespage

    June 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Sepp Blatter stepping down right after the election is a bit like Putin becoming PM after being President of Russia. He is ensuring that the infrastructure either remains as is, or is helping pack the golden parachutes via hiding the cash and erasing the emails.

    While Blatter won’t step back up into power like Putin, he is in charge now and ensuring the right people remain in charge down the road.

    Honestly, FIFA needs to go the way of Hydra and be disbanded.

    • jtm371

      June 4, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      2018 WC should be abandoned I know not popular. That way you have time to tear FIFA down and clean out blatters cronies. If the nest is not cleaned out nothing will change.

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