Sepp Blatter’s Reign as FIFA President Should Come to an End

Sepp Blatter has been FIFA President since 1998 where the game of futbol has continued to increase in popularity all around the world and FIFA has become a financial machine. Yesterday, the Justice Department’s announcement unsealed a 47 count indictment against 14 defendants with such corrupt charges as racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. While Blatter himself has not been named, he deserves to go as FIFA President as these charges have occurred under his watch.Sepp-blatter-006 Much of the corruption occurred with deals between FIFA, sports marketing groups, and broadcast corporations for the television rights to air the World Cup and other international soccer tournaments. Some of the charges date back to 1991, seven years before Blatter became FIFA President, and allege kickbacks of more than 150 million. Attorney General Loretta Lynch reported the findings yesterday and had this to say.

“It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.”

Blatter vows to look into misconduct. After the announcements yesterday, he had this to say.

“FIFA will continue to work with the relevant authorities…to root out any misconduct.”

USA women’s soccer star Alex Morgan claims Blatter is a sexist who did not know who she was back in 2012 when she was one of three finalists for the female world player of the year. That would be comparable to Blatter not recognizing men stars Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo. It is hard to agree with Blatter’s statement that he is the “godfather” of women’s soccer if he can’t recognize of the top women’s players. At the time of the 2012 FIFA player of the year awards, Morgan had scored 41 goals for the US National Team which was the most goals ever for an American player including teammate Abby Wambach who is the all-time leading goal scorer for women’s soccer at the international level. Wambach also stated that Blatter once mistakenly identified her partner, Sarah Huffman, as Brasilian star, Marta. Need I state that Huffman is white and Marta is dark-skinned? Enough said. Morgan is not a big fan of Blatter or FIFA who she says discriminates against the women’s game. One such example is that the Women’s World Cup which begins next week on June 6 will be played on turf unlike the men who always play on grass. Back in 1994 when the United States hosted the Men’s World Cup, stadiums such as the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit had sod placed over the turf. Yet, when a group of female World Cup players led by Wambach filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association for making them play on turf, FIFA did not budge. The suit was withdrawn on January 6 so the players could focus on World Cup preparation. Blatter also once stated the women’s game would be more popular if they wore tighter shorts. If that is not sexism, I don’t know what is. Despite the corruption under his watch, Blatter refuses to resign as FIFA President. Elections for a fifth term as FIFA President are May 29. Let’s hope Blatter’s reign ends. It will not only be good for FIFA, but the women’s game as well. And that’s as I see it! Follow As I See It at http://Scottdm71.com Like As I See It on Facebook Twitter handle: @Scott_AsISeeIt Internal photo courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com

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