What a bloody evening we had yesterday.
FIFA call a prezzer… Sepp Blatter chucked his resignation in.
The King is dead!
Long may he rot in an American prison.
This is literally the best thing the United States have done ever, and look, I loved Mad Men.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. Many in the know think Sepp might be planning his successor. He doesn’t leave until December. I think it should be David Dein for not practical reason. Hopefully it’s not Platini. It will be though, won’t it?
Anyway, the FBI are tracking Sepp, so he might not make it to December without facing the arrest.
It feels incredible that he’s been toppled. That FIFA has collapsed in such spectacular fashion. I never thought the day would come. I even wrote about how amazing I found it that you could be brazenly corrupt, on a global scale and get away with it about 3 days before this all unfolded.
Well, turns out, you can’t evade justice. What I think makes all these arrests even more special is that the reality is, all those super wealthy guys will be scambling to make a deal with the US. They’ll all be looking to throw Sepp under the loving arms of a 6ft7 tender loving lifer called Kenny.
The network of secrecy he’s carefully crafted over the past 40 years is about to break. The main scalp the FBI will be looking for surely has to be the head of the pigs. There’s nowhere for him to hide either.
… well, there is. You’d imagine he’ll be able to gain refugee status in Russia or Qatar. It’ll be interesting to see whether he does free. I mean, this who event has the hall marks of a despotic leader fleeing a failed state.
All very exciting. Mainly because justice looks like it’s going to be served.
The most important item now isn’t what happens to Sepp Blatter. It’s what happens next to FIFA.
You can’t stick a plaster on an organisastion that’s been built on corruption and lies. You have to rip out the cancer. No prisoners. It needs a new leader. It needs new rules put in place. It needs absolute transparency. There needs to be a major splash statement of ‘new era’ intent.
I also think sanctions need to be placed on Qatar around the World Cup. I don’t really care about how they won it. Seems anyone who has landed a major tournament over the last decade has done it through whatever means they had to.
No, the issue I have with Qatar is the disgusting working conditions they have slaves working under to complete construction. Over 1000 people have died during the building work. Savage numbers in this day in age. This can’t continue to be ignored. FIFA should be there to spread good. It should be standing up for peoples rights. It can’t continue to pretend that this travesty is happening in the name of football.
We’ll see though.
I don’t think there will be a boycott, but there needs to be real pressure placed on the organisers. Sponsors need to speak up. Footballers need to speak up. The most powerful brokers in the game need to step up and protect the workers.
In Arsenal related news, Nacho Monreal handed Arsene Wenger a massive boost indicating he’d very much like to continue his journey with the club. He has one year to go on his deal, but he wants more.
“I am very lucky to play for Arsenal, and am very happy to play for Arsenal. If the boss wants me to stay, I will – and I’d like to extend my contract.”
Great news. Nacho had a horrible start to the season at centre back, but his true character shone threw, he built on some average performances, he performed admirably, then when his chance arrived at left back, he at it up.
He really was an unsung hero by the end of the season. Very solid an focused defensively, but also impressively ambitious and productive moving forward. I didn’t really expect him to come of age the way he has done, but it’s been a joy to watch. Everyone loves an underdog story!
The other story doing the rounds is that Liverpool are looking for Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs in a mega part ex for Raheem Sterling.
Gotta say, think this is a case of someone making up a story to shift papers. I don’t think Theo would go to Liverpool at this stage in his career, he’ll want Champions League football. I also don’t think you’d be able to persuade two players of Southern descent that they should go to a broken club up north. It’s just not realistic.
Gibbs needs to win his place back and start improving. His fitness needs to sharpen up and he needs to stop making silly mistakes. He has it in him to be very good, I just don’t think his focus has been there over the last two seasons. Just my take anyway.
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Right, that’s your lot.
SEE YOU TOMORROW. x