There are plenty of pictures of Sepp Blatter around, but lets face it, not one would sum up quite how big a joke he is as the one I’ve picked above.
Just as I was getting over the fact that he cost my beloved Mexico their World Cup dream (I’m telling you, they would have gotten through), he goes and does something else that beggars belief. Mr Blatter, has in fact threatened to ban France from international football. Not because of their disgraceful behaviour. Not because their manager has showed he cannot control his players. Not because the team, players, staff, manager and the bloody towel boy all disgracesd the Beautiful Game. Not because of politics… oh, wait. Exactly because of politics
Some people are probably aware of the fact that FIFA demands football to be regulated completely by a nation’s football association, in this case the FFF, most people who follow football religiously are probably also aware of that in a country like France you would have as much luck separating football from politics as you would have extracting a rain drop from a cloud using tweezers made from a unicorn’s horn. France’s Playboy President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has said that he personally will lead an investigation into what has happened whilst the team was (briefly) in South Africa, and this along with the fact that FFF President Jean-Louis Valentin resigned his position has added fuel to the fire that is the ticking bomb of selective knowledge Sepp “I have no place in football” Blatter.
Now I do agree with the fact that politics has no place in football, it is a sport and it should be regulated by its governing bodies, not politicians. I do however not agree with the way Sepp Blatter picks and chooses when something is right and wrong in football.
Lets go back a few years, not long before the 2006 World Cup, when allegations (which were later proven) of match fixing hit the headlines in Italy. Now FIFA, as they have now, did threaten to ban Italy from international football because of this, although only because Juventus threatened to appeal their punishment to the Italian courts. They had no problem with the fact that a country where fraud and organized crime is as common as their beautiful pieces of art, only gave their teams a slap on the wrists for causing one of the biggest shadows on football in the last hundred years. They ignored the fact that it was quite likely that there was government involvement. They ignored that there were people involved in the match fixing, who were also involved in the national team, and they invited them into the World Cup. A World Cup that the disgraceful nation went on to win no less. I have heard of picking your battles, but Sepp Blatter doesn’t half know how to pick the wrong ones.
France probably should be punished, but for their behaviour, not their politicians getting a bit overexcited because their national team tumbled out of the world cup quicker than an alcoholic necks a bottle of Southern Comfort. It’s time to get to grips with the poor attitude in football, both on a club and country level, and I’m afraid the only way that will happen is when Sepp Blatter himself gets kicked out of FIFA for paying off people to keep him in power.