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“The Sporting Equivalent of an Arab Spring” – Rob Rose Comments on Sepp Blatter and the Fifa Scandal

The Grand Scam“The sporting equivalent of an Arab Spring might be long overdue, but as the foot soldiers get hauled off to jail, the man memorably described as ‘perhaps the most successful non-homicidal dictator of the past century’ remains breezily upbeat.”

These are the words of author Rob Rose in an article for Rand Daily Mail about the Fifa president’s brazen denial of any wrongdoing on the football association’s part. Evidence emerged last week that showed how South Africa paid bribes of up to US$10 million to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

What bothers Rose, the author of The Grand Scam, is that Blatter could ever have expected to stay at the helm of the organisation.

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The 79-year-old Sepp Blatter, who has been president of world football body Fifa for 17 years and triumphed in four elections, shook off this week’s arrest of seven officials and claims of bribery involving more than $100-million (R1.2-billion).

“We cannot allow the reputation of Fifa to be dragged through the mud any longer,” said Blatter, opening Fifa’s congress on Thursday.

The cognitive dissonance in his statement is remarkable, sort of like FW de Klerk speaking abstractly about the injustices of apartheid, as if he had been a spectator.

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