After FIFA officials were arrested for suspicion of corruption in ‘the World Cup of fraud,’ the soccer organization’s president, Sepp Blatter, is stepping down from his position after 40 years. Wow!
So long, Sepp Blatter, 79! After the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and IRS partnered up to confirm that FIFA, the organization responsible for choosing where the World Cup is held every four years, has a super shady way of picking their locations, FIFA members were arrested for charges ranging from corruption to racketeering. Sepp somehow steered clear of trouble, but before he ends up behind bars himself, the sportsman has decided to throw in the towel. He released a lengthy statement on June 2, explaining his departure — see what he had to say!
“I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organization. That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul,” Sepp said of his exit, at a press conference.
Just to catch you up — Sepp’s resignation comes just one week after soccer execs from FIFA were placed in handcuffs in Switzerland at a swanky hotel in Zurich, where they had come together for their yearly meeting. Before the U.S. government “saved the day,” Swiss authorities were also looking into the questionable FIFA decisions to give the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Qatar, undoubtedly, was given the award since they are an an extremely oil-rich country. “This really is the World Cup of fraud, and today we are issuing FIFA a red card,” said IRS’ criminal investigation chief Richard Weber.
Sepp said it himself: it surely seems that FIFA (which is a Swiss acronym for the International Federation of Football) is in need of a major makeover. Sepp’s departure just might be the first step. British media personality and soccer enthusiast Greg Dyke, 68, seems to think so! “He’s stood down. He’s gone,” he said after Sepp’s announcement. “Let’s celebrate … this is nothing to do with Mr. Blatter being honorable, he hasn’t been honorable in years.”
HollywoodLifers — let us know what YOU think! Should Sepp have stepped down after all the FIFA controversy?
— Evan Real