Football

Time for Sepp Blatter to step down

Blatter is out of touch. (©GettyImages)
Blatter is out of touch. (©GettyImages).

Since its creation FIFA has been the controlling power of world football, and the man in charge of FIFA is therefore the most powerful man in the world of football. Unfortunately this man is Sepp Blatter.

Over the years we have been subjected to countless embarrassing and cringe-worthy moments from the now 77-year-old FIFA President and there are growing calls for him to step down and give the job to someone who is more in touch with the world of football and what people want.

Blatter has been at the centre of multiple claims of sexism, racism and downright ignorance. Such as an incident in 2004 when he said: "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts.

"Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men — such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?”

Blatter continued his sexist remarks earlier this year when he unveiled the three women to sit on the board of FIFA's Executive Committee: "We now have three ladies on the board. Say something, ladies! You are always speaking at home, say something now!"

And who could forget the incident earlier this year when, in the middle of the racism scandals, he insisted that their is no such thing as racism in football and that differences could be settled "with a handshake."

To declare that deep seated racist attitudes can be healed by just shaking hands is just one of Blatter's many ignorant remarks that indicates that it is time he should resign from his post.

For some reason one of Blatter's favourite subjects seems to be Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who, in 2008, he referred to as "a slave" and then, most recently, he revealed that he preferred Lionel Messi. Both incidents earned him a lot of deserved backlash.

If we take a look at Blatter's reign in a political sense then surely it can be described as a dictatorship. When a ballot slip only has one name on it and you're forced to vote for that person then how could it be anything else?

It is clear that Blatter is not on the same page as the rest of the footballing world. For the good of the sport we should say no to being lead by a man whose views would only be acceptable in the 19th century.

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