As the excitement of the World Cup looms following a thrilling season of football something to spoil the mood happens. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA (world football's governing body) announces that he will be putting himself forward for another term as FIFA President.
Blatter made his depressing announcement during an interview with FIFA.com where he stated that at next month's FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo he will "announce that I'm available, but the Congress must say yes or no" - words that are more than enough to stop any samba party.
If there has ever been a time for football fans to unite against an action which threatens the integrity of football it is now. FIFA's Congress must say no thanks to Blatter for the sake of preserving any dignity that the game has left. Over his 16-year reign as FIFA President the only thing of worth that Blatter has been to succeed in tarnishing the integrity of the Beautiful game and escaping from every possible scandal relatively unscathed. But it is high time FIFA's Congress did something to protect football by ousting the biggest thorn it in its side Blatter.
Now those who are fans of Blatter (if there is such a thing) will point to the fact that Blatter has probably had the most influence on shaping the World Cup as we know it. After all he has had an undeniable impact having overseen Africa's first ever World Cup in South Africa, the Golden Goal "experiment" and most recently the reluctant introduction of goal-line technology for the imminent World Cup in Brazil. However, it cannot be ignored that in the same period Blatter has made decisions which are contrary to the goals of football as laid out in the mission of the very organisation he governs.
FIFA predicates that it looks to govern the world of football based on three pillars or principles the most important of which it holds as being "Caring about society and the environment" by "building a better future for all through football"; however, it is difficult to see what significant strides FIFA has taken to upholding this principle particularly at this moment in time when Blatter's only response to the unrest and protests on the streets of Brazil has been an obscure plea.
In response to being questioned about the violent protests Blatter asserted that "during 32 days, the world actuality [news] will be with football and I hope during this time all belligerent activities in the different corners of the world shall stop and then I would say King Football shall reign".
In other words Mr Blatter is urging some of the world's poorest and marginalised against their rightful protests against the disproportionate amount of investment that the their government is pouring into hosting a sporting tournament for one of the richest organisations in the world versus investing in providing them with basic amenities in order to give them a dignified existence which points to only one thing, that Blatter considers football a "King" that is far more important than the livelihoods of economically disadvantaged people.
Happily for Blatter this is definitely exemplary of FIFA's commitment to build a better future for all through football because who does not want to enjoy a football tournament at the expense of the livelihoods of the poorest people of the countries that host them?
After all the World Cup in South Africa definitely improved the living standards of the country's poorest residents and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has brought out the very best of the Qatari government's treatment of foreign workers who they treat as expendable cheap labour.
If you do not recognise any positivity in these two tournaments then you definitely will revel in the World Cup due to be held in Russia in 2018 because Vladmir Putin's Russia is exemplary of the kind of organisation which Blattter's FIFA are- an organisation that abuses it's position of wealth and power.
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