Wednesday 3 June 2015

What next for FIFA in the post Blatter world

So a mere four days after being re-elected as President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter has bowed to the inevitable and resigned. One has to wonder what sort of organisation could have possibly re-elected him in the first place? The Blatter regime has been one which has had zero credibility and perhaps the only real question is how could it take so long for him to go. When he made the announcement the only surprise was just how long it has taken for him to go.

The question now for FIFA is what next. The award of the next two world cup competitions has been shown to be a very flawed process, where footballing considerations were the last thing considered. Whilst the award to Russia clearly raised questions, at least the country has a rich footballing tradition and as they have not hosted a world cup, there is a case. The 2022 competition is another matter completely. The whole calendar of world football will need rewriting, workers building the stadiums are dying at an alarming rate and there is no football heritage to build on. In short the decision was unjustifiable. It is clear that the award was deeply flawed and the first decision that any new administration clearly must make is to review the decision and bring some credibility back.

To me the saddest thing about football is that so little of the billions raised by the game is put back into communities. The billions ends up in plush offices for FIFA, swanky meals and big bungs. Visit any premier league club on a training day and there will be millions of pounds worth of cars in the players car park, whilst around the corner, youth teams don't get a penny to develop the game. The first thing FIFA should do is redress this. they should be ploughing some of the money raised from World cups into making sure that the next generation of footballers have decent facilities. The organisation has to be seen to be dedicated to building the game at every level, not lining pockets of rich  and poweful men.

1 comment:

Don't Call Me Dave said...

Don't forget that the people who will vote for Blatter's successor are the same people who voted for him last Friday. Unless the whole organisation is purged now from top to bottom, things will never improve. If Blatter is allowed to remain in post until December (or possibly March 2016) it will demonstrate that FIFA is not really committed to change.