Forgive and Forget?

November 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm 2 comments

It has been interesting to note how quickly many of the African nations have lined up to say that they accept FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s apology for his poor handling of the racism issue in the past few days.

Whereas it is commendable that they are quick to accept such an apology, is their forgiveness actually good for the game.

One also has to ask what has motivated such willing forgiveness?

Blatter returned to Africa with added financial incentives for all of the Confederation members when the election for President of FIFA became close and it looked as if Leonardt Johannsen might depose him.

His predecessor Joao Havelange also used Africa to gain power and used his ‘influence’ to have Blatter elected as his replacement.

Africa, benefitted from an extra position at the World Cup Finals, as well as the chance to host the Finals for the first time, so maybe they feel Blatter deserves their loyalty.

However it would be interesting to see how those they represent feel, the players and coaches in Africa.

There are times when loyalty can be misplaced.


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  • 1. Paul Katris  |  November 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Probably further evidence that no one really takes what Emporer Blatter says seriously.

    Quite laughable that the likes of England say he has got to go – this latest gaffe or is it him speaking his real mind will only strengthen his grip on our game.

    The world (the US, NATO, the UN) is showing us how how to truly dispose of dictators in modern times – funny thing is FIFA’s power is more absolute.

  • 2. notthefootyshow  |  November 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Very true Paul, and very sad. Had a great post on Facebook from one of my African Friends.

    The African people need to understand their worth and their power and possible influence on the game and that they do not have to kow-tow to Blatter or any like him.


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