Football has never interested me greatly.
When I was younger, I would kick a ball about with my brother, and if there’s an important match on (for example, Falkirk appearing in a certain cup final) then I’ll watch it. But the ins and outs of the game have never been something that I’ve given my time to. However, with the recent coverage of the Fifa scandal clouding the sport itself, I have found myself immersed in the mess that is Sepp Blatter.
I had never heard of him until last week, and I was in the dark about his controversial dealings with Fifa, which have been labelled “corrupt” by most entities across the globe. There was an absolute outcry from lovers of the game that, come the Fifa Presidential Elections last week, Blatter needed to get voted out. Although the public were given a glimmer of hope when, during the election, there was a second majority vote needed to secure an official winner, Blatter remained in. Despite his behaviour, he remained President of Fifa. Something didn’t add up.
Blatter’s decision to resign seems very political. He won the election, yes, but I’m sure his guilty conscious spoke when he took the decision to step down as President. Too many questions need to be asked: how fair was the vote? How many people has Blatter paid to vote for him? Who honestly believed this man could lead Fifa after the mess he’d had already created?
This situation has shed light on the footballing world. It’s proven to be so much more than a game, but instead a game of shady politics, where the most prestigious reach the top, and corrupt mannerisms are dismissed in a whim. I don’t know how legitimate Blatter is, but I can only say that the outcome of this situation certainly does not add up.