Someone at FIFA has finally found a broom. But they also need to look at the back of the closet for a mop and a big bucket. The history of the men (and it is always men) stepping into replace Blatter and Platini show just how deep governance issues extend at FIFA.
“People who are desperate then get more desperate, and sell their property, family land, houses, parents’ cars, to get on this team. But the agent says that we’re scheduled to play about 30 games so you will get the money back and more.”
Yet what was significant was who did not make it to Brussels. David Ginola, attempting to run against Blatter, was not in the house. Neither was Prince Ali Bin Hussein, a FIFA vice-president and an alternative to Blatter with some credibility even if commentators who should know better have dismissed him as “some Jordanian prince.”
A future FIFA must boost the sport in ‘developing’ nations with huge populations previously ‘neglected’ by the world governing body. Specifically: India, China, Indonesia, and the United States…
So, I confess. I kissed Mohammed Bin Hammam and at the time it was, well, just OK. But who knew what it would lead to?
“So it is a practice that is very bad, even in our bible it is condemned. You know of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the bible Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of this kind of act. So we don’t tolerate it.”
On April 28, 2008, Eudy Simelane left a bar in her hometown outside Johannesburg and was accosted by some men. She was robbed of her phone, shoes, and money. She was then murdered, her body later found in a creek in a park, a place known as a dumping ground for local gangsters.