Update: Sepp Blatter resigned his post as FIFA president on June 2nd, 2015. In an odd move, Blatter is stepping down after being re-elected last Friday. Around 16:45 UTC FIFA officials confirmed Blatter decided to “lay down” his freshly renewed mandate.
An extraordinary Congress is to be convened “at the earliest opportunity” to appoint a new president, amidst the criminal investigation carried out in the United States of America, involving chargers of racketeering, bribery and other illicit conducts.
FIFA President to lay down his mandate at extraordinary elective Congress. http://t.co/AOFZAeh7U4
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) junio 2, 2015
May 29th. Swiss economist Joseph “Sepp” Blatter has been re-elected as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of football around the world.
Blatter re-election comes amidst the biggest corruption scandal the association has faced, involving an investigation by the FBI and several criminal cases brought to court by The United States Justice Department.
FIFA is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904. It has 209 member associations (from the same number of countries), which makes it bigger than the United Nations, the intergovernmental organisation with 193 member states.
In my opinion this is nothing but a true reflection of how the so-called democratic systems work in governments all around the world. The Blatter administration (established in 1998) has clouded the association with racketeering, bribery and corruption allegations regarding practically every aspect of the game however the FIFA World Cup™ continues to be one of the most profitable shows in the world, thus it’s deemed the Swiss man is doing a good job.
Many countries face a similar situation when dealing with democracy. People are forced to choose from a very limited selection of candidates, most of them profoundly linked to unlawful activities but considered as the lesser evil in the grand scheme of things. This is nothing but a poor understanding of what democracy really is.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to throw up.
May 29th, 2015.