Le mot juste

17 11 2011

With his usual impeccable timing Sepp Blatter decided to make a bold statement  yesterday.

“There is no racism [on the field], but maybe there is a word or gesture that is not correct,” Blatter told CNN. “The one affected by this should say this is a game and shake hands.”

Yesterday was the same day that a notable player playing in England was charged with making racist remarks.  I’m glad to see that the noble handshake can solve everything. The dick tried to clarify matters today;

“He has since told Fox: “I’m not saying about discrimination but foul language, foul play. If you have foul play [when] the match is over you shake hands.”

These are the weasel words of a person that doesn’t fully grasp what he’s saying. Of course this is just the latest public gaffe;

– Just after he awarded the 2022 world cup to Qatar some bleeding heart liberal queried whether FIFA should be awarding a world cup to a homophobic regime, Blatter simply gave the following advice to gayvisitors;

 “I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”

– Blatter, the ex-president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, would like to see the women’s game changed for the better.

“Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball,” said the Fifa chief.

“They could, for example, have tighter shorts.”

– He once compared the celebrity millionaire cunt Cristiano Ronaldo to a slave.

– During one of the biggest corruption fuelled crisis in football’s history he claimed;

“Crisis? What is a crisis? Football is not in a crisis.”

I suppose you can’t expect anything other than public gaffes from someone who used to count the ticket tout Jack Warner as an ally.

After his latest outburst there must be thousands of articles written with this tone because Blatter is now public enemy one in football. I wonder how much coverage of Blatter there would be in the British media if England had won the right to host the 2018 world cup. Each comment would be treated as yet  another crazy footnote from silly uncle Sepp but “we” lost. Hence the day after the vote this was the thought of many idiots;

People didn’t seem that bothered by FIFA’s corruption this time last year. Even when Panorama reiterated the well-known accusations that FIFA is essentially a corrupt organisation people seemed to be willing to overlook that if it meant that England would be hosting a world cup. In the hunt for post-defeat scapegoats the corruption of FIFA became the momentary great evil of football.
 
I wonder how much people really care that FIFA is corrupt, or that Capitalist society is inherently corrupt.  I wonder how long it will take before peoples’ attentions are taken up by wondering whether this will finally be the year that England bring the glory home. I’ll bet all it takes is some fantastic goals.
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