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Bin Hammam hits out at Blatter

2011-01-24 15:04

Doha - The head of the Asian Football Confederation says FIFA president Sepp Blatter's lengthy tenure has contributed to a perception that it is corrupt.

Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari who also is a FIFA executive, wouldn't say whether he would run against his 74-year-old rival in the June election.

Bin Hammam says "he has not made his mind up yet" on whether he would challenge Blatter, but says there should be another candidate since "competition" would keep the organization "vibrant and alive."

Blatter said last month that he would seek a fourth four-year term in office.

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Comments
  • John Seloa - 2011-01-24 15:31

    Dear Bin Hammam, are you suggesting that it is your time to run FIFA? Then please do not use useless tactics to get your compaign going. Who cares about perceptions when all rich countries do not want the world cup to go the poorer countries? Blatter has done the world proud and if there is perception that he is corrupt, that perception is sitting with the corrupt people who are racist and very idiotic to say the least. The English lead the league of disgruntled who do not want to see the world cup go to other derserving countries. I therefore propose, with all respect to you Bin Hammam (thank God you are not Bin Laden), that you please look at the fastest stream in your country and go throw yourself there because that is where you belong. In the Bin.

      Kaapie - 2011-01-24 15:39

      You sound like a Blatter apologist.. If my memory serves me Bin Hamman made Blatter withdraw a committee that Blatter set up without executive approval to counter corruption. I think Blatter time is nigh

  • dgl1969 - 2011-01-24 15:51

    what is racist about wanting the world cup in countries that support football in their droves week in and week out? let's face it, the world cup here wasnt a spectacle for anyone but people who have never been to a world cup before. in terms of atmosphere how can you have any when 80% of the people in the stadium have never been to a football match? every second one should be in europe-end of story. in fact, will you be going to brazil, russia and qatar mr seloa?? i think not.

      John Seloa - 2011-01-25 09:04

      I will definitely be going to Russia.

  • Goose - 2011-01-24 15:52

    Sepp, give it a break man. You have had your time. Do the right thing and retire! The world has far too many dictators and despots already... Believe it or not, I am of the opinion that you have brought the game and FIFA into disrepute with the decision NOT to use technology in soccer like all other professional sports have done. Basically under YOUR leadership, teams have won/lost games and gone through to the WC through cheating. This is not acceptable in a professional environment where big money is concerned.

  • stoney - 2011-01-24 15:53

    Would be great to finally have some positive change at FIFA - away from the current Eurocentric mindset. Blatter has done well but maybe it's time for him to step down and let others steer the ship for a while. Bin Hammam would be the ideal candidate as he would ensure the game grows in the Middle East and Asia...and with Qatar hosting 2022 it would ensure that the first Middle Eastern FWC is true to the culture of that region rather than merely being a 'European' tournament hosted in Asia.

  • Goose - 2011-01-24 16:01

    Sepp, give it a break man. You have had your time. Do the right thing and retire! The world has far too many dictators and despots already... Believe it or not, I am of the opinion that you have brought the game and FIFA into disrepute with the decision NOT to use technology in soccer like all other professional sports have done. Basically under YOUR leadership, teams have won/lost games and gone through to the WC through cheating. This is not acceptable in a professional environment where big money is concerned.

  • diranp - 2011-01-25 08:43

    The most corrupt money hungry organization in the world, FIFA........

  • keratakuku - 2011-01-25 16:44

    The brits sorry a** dont like blatter for take world cup to other country, and he did it USA(1994), RSA(2010), Russia(2018) and Qatar(2022), the monopoly of europe is over, I mean gone, Soccer of Football belong to the world now.

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