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Should Sepp Blatter Step Down As President Of FIFA?

Sepp Blatter was recently re-elected president of FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup. Although he wasn't indicted in the recent round of fraud indictments, many feel he is responsible. Should Blatter step down to save the integrity of FIFA?

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last 24 hours | time
FIFA's Jack Warner Promises Revelations On Sepp Blatter and Others - TIME
"...The revelations are coming thick and fast now as the U.S. investigation into years of alleged corruption at the governing body of world soccer gathers momentum. Although the investigation has focused so far on Blatter's lieutenants, the New York Times reported Wednesday that the FBI is also investigating the man who has ruled FIFA for 20 years.The pressure on the 72 year-old Warner who denies charges on a total of seven counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering is particularly intense: two of his sons are among those who have already pleaded guilty to the U.S. attorney's charge. Warner was one of six FIFA and sports marketing officials added to Interpol's wanted list Wednesday...." see full article

1290 days ago | nydailynews
As US delivers win for global soccer, Sepp Blatter exit from the world stage ... - New York Daily News

"...Blatter was the enabler, the patron saint of development grants, who sat atop a mountain of corruption for nearly two decades. Whether or not he personally profited from these transactions, Blatter turned his cheek many times, so that he would never risk sun burn. The arrests of seven FIFA officials and the resignation of the president change that, certainly. But the mountain still stands, built on a long history of bribery and racketeering. Blatter is still there for now, until the special congressional session, which is a crazy situation. Until that election, he continues to carry out his functions, FIFA announced, minutes after Blatter's speech before a comically near-empty hall in Zurich.He may yet be president for another half year through the Women's World Cup, Copa America, the Gold Cup. He will hand out more trophies and more favors. There remains an implicit threat of political retribution from him and his minions...." see full article

1291 days ago | nytimes
Sepp Blatter's Resignation and Soccer Reform - New York Times

"...The process would be far less contentious if Mr. Blatter, who has shunted aside all previous allegations of corruption, were to leave immediately, allowing an interim president to start introducing reforms and to prepare the next election. So long as Mr. Blatter remains in the post (an election for president may not take place until the end of this year or early next year), many FIFA officials will probably resist cooperating with the American and Swiss investigations, as well as resist measures to open FIFA salaries and internal procedures to public scrutiny, install effective safeguards against bribery and review the bidding process under which Russia and Qatar won their tournaments.The investigations and the resignation of Mr. Blatter are huge goals scored against the sleaze in FIFA. But the game is not yet over...." see full article

1291 days ago | fortune
How Sepp Blatter built FIFA into a religion - Fortune
"...Why is it that a leader as popular as Sepp Blatter acted with such blatant disregard for moral constraints and presided over a culture of corruption?It turns out that a lot of the problem has to do with something so simple yet so fundamental: power. Both Blatter and FIFA had A LOT of it.Blatter held power because FIFA works differently from every other world body. Each of FIFA's 209 member countries had the same single vote during FIFA Presidential elections, regardless of their population or whether they had ever participated in a World Cup. And over the years, Blatter divided FIFA's revenues so that resources poured into poor countries countries that had long been neglected by FIFA and desperately needed the infusion. And this distribution of resources did something else it secured Blatter's position by ensuring that scores of nations would loyally vote for Blatter...." see full article

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1291 days ago | edmontonsun
Canada reclaims soccer stage with Sepp Blatter resignation - Edmonton Sun
"...That's how Blatter stayed the head of FIFA so long. Everybody owed Sepp Blatter for something. If it wasn't for looking the other way, it was for spending FIFA's billions on building fields and infrastructure or providing events of the non-bribe stature to countries like Canada.The recent arrests and exposures involved in the FIFA corruption scandal, Blatter's re-election Friday, and the subsequent worldwide outrage, was definitely taking away the stage for the Canada 2015 tournament about to begin...." see full article

1291 days ago | time
How FIFA's Sepp Blatter May Have Outmaneuvered Everyone - TIME
"...The master tactician may have outmanoeuvred everyone. Within his brief announcement there are statements that should cause concern. He suggested that the executive committee must be reduced in size and its members should be elected through the FIFA Congress .This looks like a clever ploy to remove the additional members that are there for historical reasons. Chief amongst these will the anachronistic position for the home countries such as England, held due to their position as the inventors of the modern game.Blatter continued his brief manifesto for change by saying that: The integrity checks for all executive committee members must be organised centrally through FIFA and not through the confederations. This is another clever piece of politics...." see full article

1291 days ago | vox
If FIFA president Sepp Blatter were a Middle East dictator - Vox

"...Though international soccer is an ancient culture with cherished traditions, it has been riven by sectarianism and growing extremism in recent years. Some experts say the oil-rich nations of the Persian Gulf, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have been quietly funding preferred soccer proxies, exacerbating tensions.A growing strain of violent extremism within soccer, known as "football hooliganism," has led Fox News and some American pundits, such as HBO host Bill Maher, to label soccer as inherently violent."We are at a holy war with soccer, whether the president wants to admit it or not," Bill O'Reilly said on his Monday evening broadcast, demanding immediate airstrikes on FIFA's Swiss headquarters...." see full article

1292 days ago | sbnation
Sepp Blatter resigned from FIFA. Why now and what's next? - SB Nation
"...Over the last couple of days, news has emerged that FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was involved in the transfer of a $10 million payment from South Africa to the Caribbean Football Union, which Valcke did not have the power to authorize. Blatter might know that there's a link from that transaction to him somewhere, waiting to be uncovered.Maybe one of the guys that the FBI has indicted has decided to talk. Of those currently facing extradition to the United States, the one likely to know the most about any criminal activity Blatter has had a part in is Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF president and FIFA executive committee member who was forced out of the organization in 2011. It's possible that Warner or someone else the U.S. Department of Justice has gotten ahold of has decided to start talking about Blatter...." see full article

1292 days ago | foxsports
Sepp Blatter, evil genius -
"...Before last week, the thought of a FIFA without Blatter was nonexistent. He had made claims before about retiring at the end of his term only to run for re-election, and he had been immune to anyone bringing him down for corruption; it seemed only his own mortality could stop him (and I wouldn't rule out the chance of him being a member of the undead). Now, anything seems possible. Sure, Blatter hasn't been indicted yet, but if last week's arrests are any indication, the authorities are closer than ever. Sure, he won another election, but he had to sweat it out more than any other election so far in his 17-year term.The idea is that if you kill the head (remove Blatter), the body (FIFA's corruption) will die. However that's not really true. FIFA is so large and its shady practices are so ingrained that a single change at the top won't be enough. It will take many years and many dedicated people to make things right...." see full article

1293 days ago | screamer.deadspin
John Oliver To The Brands: "Please Make Sepp Blatter Go Away" - Deadspin
"...What's most useful for our purposes, though, is Oliver's offer to global brands like Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, and McDonald's, whose executives are the only ones keeping Sepp Blatter in power. Shaming them for supporting slavery hasn't worked so far maybe free native advertising will? We fully support this deal, and for our part we will shoehorn paeans to the virtues of tasty Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, delicious Bud Light Cheladas, and convenient Visa financial-services products into everything we publish as soon as these companies give us reason to do so...." see full article

1293 days ago | cnn
Prince Ali: 'I would have immediately resigned' if in Blatter's position - CNN

"...Blatter has not been accused of any wrongdoing. But the longtime FIFA president has come under renewed scrutiny a week after dual corruption investigations were launched into his organization and the U.S. indicted 14 current and former executives.He was re-elected for a fifth term on Friday by FIFA's 209 voting members. Prince Ali conceded the election after the first round of voting."FIFA acts in a way sort of like a company, rather than a service organization, which it is," Prince Ali said. "It's supposed to be a nonprofit.""And also they sort of drip feed aid to countries but without helping them and giving them the dignity and helping them progress in the world of football."..." see full article

1293 days ago | irishtimes
US won't be quick to forget Fifa and Sepp Blatter's problems - Irish Times
"...In the US and most of Europe, the news that the Americans were investigating Fifa was greeted with enthusiasm. But in the 133 countries whose associations cast their vote for Blatter, you'll find many who struggle to see the US as a white knight. Blatter understands this just as well as Warner. As Fifa president, he has always positioned himself as the champion of the global periphery against the selfish rich countries who want to have it all their own way. He has always been able to rely on the distrust of what used to be called the First World. The other thing Blatter has always counted on is outrage fatigue. Yesterday, his daughter Corinne defended him in an interview with the BBC. I can tell you in about two, three weeks nobody's gonna talk about this anymore, she said. Because other news are gonna be top, and he's gonna work normally . . . ..." see full article

1293 days ago | rt
Sepp Blatter's re-election is victory for democracy - RT (blog)
"...The resulting re-election of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president at the congress, which continued regardless of the fiasco, came as a rebuke to the clear attempt to undermine him and the world football body, with the objective of bringing about an end to his leadership. This is not to assert that Mr Blatter is completely without fault in the way the organization is run indeed, there may well be serious and legitimate questions in this regard but this stunt', for there is no other way to describe it, was a crude and transparent attempt to seize control of one of the few international institutions that remains truly democratic and independent of control by the West.Sepp Blatter may have many faults, but kowtowing to the writ of the powerful nations within FIFA is not one of them. In fact, the only thing the US and its friends in Europe have succeeded in doing is to solidify support around him as a symbol of resistance to their tremendous arrogance. For what we saw with the arrests in Zurich resembled less a demonstration of the long arm of US justice as an example of US imperialism...." see full article

1293 days ago | theguardian
Yes, Fifa has problems – but Sepp Blatter is a champion of world football - The Guardian

"...Football analysts have been working overtime recently to tell us how Blatter owes his power to an unholy alliance of mainly Asian and African officials who, like him, have their fingers in the till.Of course, Fifa has chronic problems that require a major overhaul in how it does business. Under Blatter's presidency, which started in 1998, world football's governing body has lurched from one corruption crisis to another. The arrest of seven senior Fifa officials in dawn raids last week speaks for itself.But is it really true, as many in the western media would have us believe, that all Blatter's supporters have their noses in the trough? The Fifa president secured 133 votes in the first round, the bulk of them from Asian and African nations; his opponent, Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, received just 73. My visit to the AIFF suggested that history and politics, and not just cash, might explain why the Swiss administrator enjoys such popularity beyond Europe...." see full article

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