Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blame the Blatter

All over the world kids kick a soccer ball around. They love doing so. They hero worship their favourite league teams and their soccer stars. How sad it is that the heads of soccer are greedy and corrupt old men.

It is odd to me that what everyone knew has been allowed to continue for so long. You may live with your head firmly planted in the sand but to me who has no interest in sport, it was very clear that soccer is an extremely corrupt sport. Yet no one did anything!

Europeans, British and Asians love soccer, and yet from the non loving of soccer United States came the order, clean up your act and if we can prove you were corrupt, you will be in big trouble. Extraordinary. What is behind this and why is the US acting? Even the Gnomes of Zurich are muttering about discrepancies.

Hehe, among the many rats I have smelt about soccer over the years, surely a soccer world cup in the overtly corrupt Qatar in 40 (100) degree heat is not like how soccer is usually played, that is European or British rain and sleet. Who paid whom what for that to happen?

I am just an amateur blogger who knows little about sport. Why haven't enthusiasts for the sport of soccer been writing and protesting about the corruption that it obvious to all?

It is the kiddies kicking a ball around that I care about and hope they can have some sort of faith in their sport and its leaders.


21 comments:

  1. Yes. Every knew but nobody did anything.
    Because Edward Snowden, Chelsea, Manning, Julian Assange etc.
    We know what happens to anyone who alerts the world to crime.

    the biggest sport in the world has big money, and no surprise there is corruption. and yes Quatar FFS. and there is the Formula 1 which takes cities hostage. No graft there of course.
    In other spectator sporting news , watch what you try to watch in Tehran.

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    1. Ann, how strange it is that the world did collapse after the exposures by the above. Which F1 boss bought his way from being gaoled in Germany? Iran should be avoided at all costs.

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  2. Hate the game, always did not sure why but always when I've watched it I doze off, even cricket is more exciting.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, I don't mind watching soccer, in spite of not really being interested.

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  3. Whilst there are a few players who have captured my attention over the years, it's the Great Scot who is the enthusiast here.

    My oldest great-nephew was invited to train, and play, with Brazil's junior national team, two years in a row. There was serious talk about recruiting him when he was 18... but the third year he was in hospital after having been in a serious accident, and was having his second surgery.
    The manager of the junior team called, asked if Blake was coming again, and after his mother explained, they just said 'okay' and hung up. The next year, after successful surgery and grueling rehab to get back into condition, his parents called the manager and said Blake had been released for training/playing. No go, they had decided it was too risky to play him, although all the health professionals agreed he would be fine. They grew rather nasty about it.
    Blake hasn't played since, and I've lost what little interest I had.
    Corrupt? Indubitably

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    1. Jac, yes I am sure GS would be keen on football. Unfortunate tale about your great nephew. That is the sort of thing that loses people from being supporters of sport.

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  4. Greed I suppose plus power...what a shame!

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    1. WA, pretty obvious, isn't it.

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  5. You lost me at soccer ball Andrew :) :)

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    1. Grace, how very un-French of you.

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  6. It is a bit of a worry when the US are the ones who have to step in to sort it out. Perhaps it has just taken so long to amass the evidence they would need to prosecute given the World Cup would span many jurisdictions. Soccer on AM this morning, Catholic priests on PM. Disturbing current affairs today.

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    1. Carol, the logistics of such prosecutions are immense. Yes, at times it is better to just not hear news and analysis is worse.

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  7. An Oregon company, Nike, may be involved, implicated in paying out a huge bribe to a Brazilian when Brazil got the world cup for media rights and to adorn Brazilian players in Nike wear. Nike is denying so far that they are the unnamed company in the indictment.

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    1. Strayer, interesting. I had not picked that up.

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  8. Mr Blatter is a corrupt evil old bastard. I just watched him speak on the news, blaming others. Then he said "we must fix this". You've been in charge for 17 years, time to go. The US is quite good about chasing justice. We've had a few hate preachers here and they only came to justice because America had the balls to extradite them.

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    1. Craig, if a government was in power for 17 years, they could hardly blame anyone else for their standards of governance. Blatter is finished. The US does surprise me at times with who it will go after and is not afraid of taking on the rich and powerful.

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  9. Andrew football is a great bussiness and FIFA doesn't work fair,,

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    1. Gosia, I think everyone knows FIFA is corrupt. It is a pity.

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  10. Sigh. We are far too good at sweeping things under the mat. Lots and lots of things. It is a wonder that any mats lie flat.

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    1. EC, quite. It must be very crowded under the mats. Occasionally one will be pulled away. Is that the hat of a cardinal I can see under a mat?

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