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(disgraced) King Of The Beautiful
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(disgraced) King Of the Beautiful

I would like to start this article off by simply saying thank you to Mr. Sepp Blatter. In a week relatively devoid of any excitement in the soccer world (though Ireland might disagree with me) due to virtually all of the playoff qualifiers for the upcoming Euro 2012 games being decided in the first leg, the white haired quote machine gave us some very real excitement when he suggested that there is no racism in soccer and moreover that any form of said racial abuse on the field should be settled by a simple handshake at the end of the match.

Now, I would be very remiss if I neglected to point out that this is the very same Sepp Blatter that has helped push through, or at least signed off on legislative measures to help weed racism out of the game. His comments about the subject this past week have come in the wake of some very high profile names within the game being accused of saying some very nasty and very unacceptable things. John Terry is the object of much controversy following his bust-up with Anton Ferdinand, despite having several players of the same color coordination playing for his own club team, not to mention his long standing partnership with Anton's brother Rio in the heart of the English nation defense. There's also the investigation into the words of one Luis Suarez towards Patrice Evra, with Evra suggesting there is actual video evidence to back up his claims.

Those are mere footnotes in the matter of racism in the game though. Not to be discounted by any means, as things like this should be extinct in this age of multiculturalism. And to be fair, if there is any plain on which racism should be non-existent, it should be in soccer. The world's game, played by kids of every race in every nation in the world. There's no better example of unilateral acceptance than that you can find on a soccer pitch, or so you would think.

With players of quality playing all over the world, regardless of their place of birth or color of skin due to the high value placed on talent and the age of global live access media, this should be a problem of the past. Should be, when you look at the top leagues across the world and can usually find at least one player of Asian, Latin, and African descent on the field in any given match. At a time when it's so commonplace to have naturalized players from other birth countries playing in national sides thanks to dual citizenship and crafty handling of paperwork, we shouldn't have even the silly individual issues that we all encounter so often in our own lives.

Unfortunately, contrary to Blatter's nonsensical blabberings, it's still a very real issue no matter how hard he tries to deny it. It isn't possible to deny it actually, when you consider all of the sanctions that FIFA has to pass down due to racist abuse from fans rained down on players. By the way, just in case you haven't paid attention, Blatter has been the ruling hand of FIFA since 1998. He has been very much present for all of the monkey chants and thrown bananas that have been so prominent in Italy, Spain, and Turkey in recent years.

For him to suggest there is no racism left in football is willful blindness and obtuse at best, and his suggested “shake and be friends” solution is bordering on the obscene. Is that the way that the Jews should deal with the memory of the holocaust, or how the tens of thousands of Africans imprisoned during the apartheid in South Africa should reconcile with their persecutors? Granted those are extreme versions of racial abuse compared to what we're talking about here, but the basic connotations that come with it in the modern world share the same similar origins.

Of course, it isn't the first time Blatter has filled his mouth with something worse than a foot. He's been the subject of other (albeit minor) verbal faux pas in the past, but his most prominent transgression was the overseeing of a rather huge bribery scandal revolving around the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Several of the most prominent members of the FIFA hierarchy have been brought down and banished from the game due to that, and the investigation is still ongoing. Somehow he's escaped that intact, running for reelection unopposed during the early part of said scandal because his main opponents were the ones hauled down.

Curious that a man accused of so much corruption during his tenure, so much blind ignorance, so much general wrong is still standing in power—despite so many people calling for his resignation so many times. In any other capacity he likely wouldn't have survived even one of the waves of turmoil he's ridden out, but still he sits his throne. At some point someone has to step in and replace him, remove him, or at the very least silence him before he does any long lasting damage to the world's beautiful game. And soon, because he still has three more years of opportunities to drown the game in shame.


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gregg2  

So this tells me we all just need to shake hand and the world problems will all go away as I hope king Blatter will. but it is a good article sorry not happy with the king.

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  about 1 decade ago

it's more being frustrated with the overall sense of arrogance that the whole of the Fifa governing body displays than just with Blatter. with all of the things going on recently, it's impossible that he's the only one corrupt or power drunk, but his position grants him the power to do something about it and it seems all he's done is provide a breeding ground for more. as a former player and continuing lover of the game, I sincerely do hope the day comes that the problems we're seeing in the sport simply disappear. thanks for the read and the comment by the by. cheers.

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  about 1 decade ago
gregg2  

I also believe that he is not the only one. But has long as favoritism is play in that arena he will be at the top. He is supported by the African Middle East and Asian contingencies so he has the votes. I favor Manchester United and I have watched over the past few years as English soccer has played more in the champions league the disgust he shows. The way the World Cup has been awarded at the least surprises me, but then again this governing body does what it wants. if this had been a corporation in America the FBI would have investigated it for racketeering. But it's nice to read your comments will.

  
  about 1 decade ago
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