Looks like the end of the road for FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. The Swiss president of soccer’s apex body has occupied the chair for 17 long years. Blatter may be eyeing to quit amid charges of corruption.
The Swiss case which involves mismanagement and misappropriation of funds is the latest in the sequence of cases surfacing in the past four months, tarnishing the image of FIFA. Now, Blatter’s alleged payment of £1.3 million to Mr Platini in 2011 is under scanner. What sparks questions is why the payment was made so late. Both ends have denied any wrongdoings over the payment.
Earlier, U.S. justice department handed indictments against nine top FIFA bosses in May. The officials were charged with racketeering, money-laundering, and bribery among other charges. Blatter‘s top-aide and FIFA’s Secretary general, Jerome Valcke faced suspension for allegedly being involved in a plan to sell 2014 tickets in a substantial mark-up.
Blatter, like Valcke, keeps on denying any wrongdoing. Demands of an entire reform in FIFA has been raised from various quarters.
“Never bet against FIFA’s ability to persist in poor governance,” Roger Pielke Jr., a University of Colorado professor and political scientist, said.
“It has proved remarkably resistant to meaningful change. What it should do to improve its governance is fairly clear. Doing it has been the problem. FIFA could simply install a new president, make some cosmetic changes and sail on. That seems more likely than wholesale reform.”
FIFA is currently shaken to its core.