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.
Michel Platini apparently said after the game he thought Battiston was dead. When told after the game that Battiston had lost three teeth, Schumacher said: “If that’s all that’s wrong with him, I’ll buy him the crowns.”
“I went over to see him and we went to shows and museums – we even had dinner with a famous economist. For the American elections he stayed up until the final result was in, peppering me with information all night on the phone, following Obama.”