Former United Executive David Gill declined taking up FIFA vice-president post yesterday following Sepp Blatter's re-election.
This is the year he said he would step down. After four terms Sepp Blatter promised he would not run in 2015 for four more years at the helm of FIFA. After the US-led sting operation orchestrated by the Loretta Lynch, my new favorite person in the world, in conjunction with Swiss authorities that led to the arrests of some key officials from the Americas, you would have thought Blatter would seize this opportunity to gracefully bow out.
On the backs of terminally crooked federations in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Oceania who have enjoyed the benefits of the ‘football outreach’ (wink wink) strategy of FIFA in recent years. Blatter was able to garner enough votes to discourage his sole opponent Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein from proceeding to the second round of voting. The prince accumulated 73 votes in the first round of voting, enough to prevent a Blatter majority but not enough to sop the inevitable.
Sepp Blatter won re-election for an unprecedented 5th time admist outcry of an increasingly corrupt federation.
It is now evident that Blatter is simply power hungry, a 79 year old dinosaur clutching to the last strands of influence for reasons that could be more sinister than merely staying at the top of the Fifa hierarchy. Maybe the Fifa offices are the best sanctuary against future graft probes, at the pinnacle he can subvert attempts to disclose how deep and how high the culture of corruption has reached global footballs glass house. Upon winning re-election, Blatter promised to bring the Fifa boat back to shore, back to the beach. He highlighted that Fifa needed someone experienced, who knows “all the ins and outs of the situation”. If so then how could he, as the ultimate inside man, claim any ignorance of several years of allegations of corrupt going-on’s within the federation he headed.