Monday, July 16, 2012

Not the Droids You are Looking For

Sepp Blatter and FIFA have been rocked by the release last week of a Swiss court document revealing a huge bribery scandal and cover-up related to the so-called ISL affair.  In response Blatter has gone on the offensive with a campaign of "change the subject."

First, he has proposed that he may stand for re-election when his term is up:
Blatter has insisted he does not condone bribery and told the newspaper [Sonntagsblick] he could run for another term in 2015.

"Let's see how my health is,'' he told the paper. "I've just been for a checkup and I lost four kilograms (eight pounds).''

Last year, Blatter was elected for a fourth, four-year term as FIFA president. He was the only candidate.
Second, he has suggested that Germany won the rights to host 2006 World Cup via bribery:
When asked by the paper about rumors of corruption surrounding the decisions to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar, respectively, Blatter responded: "World Cups being purchased…. I am reminded of the World Cup allotment for 2006, when someone left the room at the last moment. And instead of 10:10, the vote was suddenly 10:9 in favor of Germany…. Perhaps in that situation I was also too well-meaning and naïve."
The old Jedi may have turned to the dark side, but his powers remain strong ... these are not the droids you are looking for ...


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