'Bleeding' Blatter in denial

2011-05-31 10:35

Melbourne - Australian senator Nick Xenophon has continued his crusade against scandal-plagued FIFA, likening the world soccer governing body's president Sepp Blatter to a character in a Monty Python movie.

Xenophon said Blatter's denials of crisis within FIFA were akin to the "Black Knight" in the British comedy troupe's 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", who has his legs and arms hacked off in a sword-fight but called it a "flesh wound".

"Sepp looked completely in denial. He looked like Monty Python's 'Black Knight'," the independent senator said in a media release on Tuesday. "FIFA hasn't just received a 'flesh wound'. It's on the ground bleeding profusely."

Blatter denied FIFA's World Cup bidding process had become compromised at a bizarre media conference on Monday, publicly backing 2022 hosts Qatar amid accusations the rich Gulf state had bought the hosting rights.

Already under the spotlight over allegations that its executives had bribed FIFA delegates for their votes, Qatar was further embarrassed when suspended vice-president Jack Warner produced an email in which general secretary Jerome Valcke spoke of how the country had "bought" the World Cup.

Valcke later issued a statement denying he meant to suggest anything corrupt about the Qatar bid. Qatar has denied any impropriety.

Xenophon, who described the media conference as "bizarre", reiterated his calls on Monday for FIFA to "refund" the A$46 million ($49.17 million) Australia spent on its failed bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Australia, awarded the 2000 summer Olympic Games, drew just one vote, prompting cries of foul play and criticism of the federal government for financially backing the bid.

"Australians love to win, but we don't mind losing as long as the game is fair," he said. "It is now quite clear that we could never have won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup because it was fixed."

Soccer remains a small player in Australia's crowded sports market next to indigenous Australian Rules football and rugby league, but the FIFA scandal has touched a raw nerve among the sport's backers.

"The bidding process itself will need to change before nations have the confidence to invest the large sums required to bid for the World Cup again," Australia's federal sports minister Mark Arbib told local media on Tuesday.

Arbib likened the scandal to that which engulfed the 2002 Winter Games when International Olympic Committee delegates were found guilty of taking bribes in exchange for votes for the winning Salt Lake City bid.

"FIFA will need to undergo a reform process similar to what the International Olympic Committee undertook after Salt Lake City."

($1 = 0.935 Australian dollars)


  • supafly - 2011-05-31 10:46

    It's amazing how quick people 4get how hugely humiliated in the previous biddin & awardin of the w/c hosts! Russia & Qata? Who? Some of us can't even point at Qata on the map! This exposure is way of the English's (& their cuzen AUS) to redeem themselves. Oh please! Had England been awarded either 1 of the rights (2018 or 2022) none of these allegations wud hav come up, erespective of how true or false they might B, which simply means that the truth & integrity of FIFA is the furthest thing on their minds. How much do U think they've invested in their infrastructure, i.e. Wembley refurbishmnt, Olympic Stadia, etc. Personally, I think they deserve to host the event & we all knw they'd B gr8 hosts, but I suspect the problem might B that they 2 believe it's their birth right to do so ahead of evryone else & such arrogance won't go unpunished by Mr Blatter's FIFA club. "1st it was those 'fools' frm the tip of the dark continent, then sum 3rd world country in S/America, as if that's nt enough, these FIFA idiots award it to these Russian thugs & some ………!" Damn! I'd B pi$$ed off 2!

      my_story - 2011-05-31 10:57

      if only you wrote in english then I may be able to understand your waffle.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-31 11:07

      @supafly - next time write something people can read. I understand that you cannot be responsible for the bush-school that you went to in Mpumalanga but still try a bit harder.

      Leviathan - 2011-05-31 11:40

      Of course he is in denail, Who says that they r guilty of corruption? no one. I have 2 agree with u Qatar? FIFA didnt even consider the conditions during the tournament, and a bet u they dont hav that many cities, probably 3 at best. Wat they goin have 4 stadiums per city or even more. England, USA, and Aus would hav bin much better hosts. But u cares money is better, rather that then a good WC. I hope he gets found guilty, but a miracle would need 2 happen, in order for that corrupt fool and regime 2 get caught. But lately it seems u can only b accused of corruption, and not found guilty of corruption. Ridiculous sounds familiar to SA.

      Grayman - 2011-05-31 11:42

      @supafly: I doubt that any country is squeeky clean, but some are a lot cleaner than others. When countries spend millions of dollars on a bid, you can be sure that they will get consultants in to see what sort of chance they have of getting it. These consultants are not without knowledge of how FIFA works and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into it. So when a COMPLETE outsider suddenly comes in with the winning bid, completely against the clever money that eyebrows were raised and questions were asked. FIFA is way too powerful and way too corrupt. I think that England and Australia have it in them to start a movement to hit back at them and I will support it!

      Foreigner - 2011-05-31 11:45

      Couldn't agree with you more. And how seriously comments from someone from a country where soccer is an after-thought are likely to be taken seriously is anyone's guess. I definitely see the embittered and invisible hand of England in all this scheming against Blatter after losing out to Qatar and Russia. Truth is, the British Isles no longer command the prestige they once did as footballing champions. Hosting the world cup would have gone some ways in rekindling the by-gone glory days now enjoyed by Spain, Germany, Brazil etc. Not to be. Ouch! I said ouch!!

      supafly - 2011-05-31 12:51

      Come on, 'guys'! 1st of all, sorry for responding so many times, but I just had (felt compelled) to make another point. Let's not talk about corruption as if it's catch-phrase (Twitter, Facebook, etc)! It ask you just one question & I'll sound political! If these countries (USA, AUS, Britain) were such epitome of cleanlyness/non-corrupt, etc, Why R their presidents (George Bush, Tony Blair, Kevin Rudd, etc) not in the international criminal courts, in the Hague for crimes against humanity, if all men were made equall? Oh, I get it! Somemen are more equal than others, right? "The defense rests, your honor!"

      LemonParty - 2011-05-31 14:42

      He is such a dodgy old bastard

  • nonduplume - 2011-05-31 11:01

    FIFA is rotten through and through and the very wealthy idiots who run the show should all be fired. The last thing on their minds is the good of the game.

      umlaut - 2011-05-31 12:11

      Yes you are right--wish we could do the same with the anc.The last thing on their minds is the good of the country.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-31 17:58

      I like Sepp Blatter, and would take his word over that of an Australian politician any day. This is sour grapes, and false acusations are the gravest form of coruption.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-31 11:02

    What a load of blatter! Or are you a sepsist?

      Grunk - 2011-05-31 11:12

      Get your terms right WT. The word is "SEPTIC" - Ie full of nasty evil yellow puss; perhaps scabrous and hopefully will lead to amputation!!.

      supafly - 2011-05-31 11:42

      @ World Traveller. You are so right, man! Those fools (public school) owe me a refund! I don't know ish! You see, just lighten up! Besides, Einstein, I didn't know it was a thesis! R U givin marks? Oh shame, U can't rid this again, cn U!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-31 11:13

    Amazing how all corrupt institutions play the same word game....This fits the ANC so well.

      Sparrow - 2011-05-31 11:48

      My man why don't u crawl back to where u come from, under Orania street number 15, and leave soccer to people who know about it. ANC this, ANC that.

  • AH - 2011-05-31 11:22

    FIFA reminds me of the ANC, a world onto their own, mismanagement, no regard for their supporters, only out for self enrichment, corruption is rife and an arrogant leadership in total denial that they are a failure.

      Bluemas - 2011-05-31 12:03

      Leave politics of out this IDIOT

      AH - 2011-05-31 13:29

      @ Bluemas..FIFA is about politics, you're the idiot if you think it is only about sport!

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-05-31 11:43

    I think it is time for Blatter to step down and for FIFA to appoint someone prepared to clean up the administration of football at the highest level. Mr. Blatter claims there is no crisis in football. He is quite correct in that. The game goes on regardless of what the administrators at the top get up to. The crisis is in the boardroom where there are too many crooks at present.

  • khumo - 2011-05-31 11:53

    I don't understand why people in power seem to offer senseless arguments when confronted with issues like these. Mr Blatter...the fact that you are the incumbent president and all of these shenenigans are happening under your watch is reason enough for you to STEP DOWN. The world know is less confidant of your leadership. Step down

  • Alec - 2011-05-31 11:59

    FIFA are hideously corrupt but I do detect some rather sour grapes from Aus... and I'm loving it especially after SA hosted such a ripper WC!

  • clark - 2011-05-31 12:02

    - I'ts simple - The FIFA executive is rotten to the core and tainted with years of corrupt dealings. Their agenda is one of self enrichment , with the well being of the game as a second thought. If the whole bunch dont resign, then it's time for a new breakaway body to be formed - and let all the footballing nations decide on this through the ballot box. Clearly the status quo simply cant remain in place.

  • Wynand du Plessis - 2011-05-31 12:51

    Who made money in South Africa from the SWC?? Fifa and Match and funny that Match belongs to Sebb's son in law. Its not about anything else than how much money Fifa can pocket at the end of the day. The whole SWC is run like a mafia organisation. Was involved in SA and millions of people and thousands of businesses lost fortunes based on empty Fifa and Match promises. Their contracts are one sided but if you want in, its on their terms NO risk to FIFA all on you for being stupid enough to get involved with the gansters. Ps we are now paying for the stadiums via rates and taxes the SWC did not as Fifa and Match took most of the ticket sales money in any case. Good luck to any country hosting the SWC its a money making scam and all you stand to loose is everything. Bla bla bla tourism bla bla bla country image bla bla bla it doesnt pay for the stadiums or resurrect the fallen businesses. SO how many long term jobs did this SWC generate actually??? Politics gangsters and bribes. Nothing Elsen This is legalized ORGANISED CRIME - history repeating itself.

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-31 13:05

    This is just the beggining...

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-31 13:10

    I'm not sure which is worse, the way FIFA is run or the way the players of "The Beautiful game" dive, roll and jibe in an attempt to "secure" a penalty!

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-31 13:11

    Dear Sponsors ( and supporters of FIFA ), it's highly unlikely that I'll watch any games, let alone purchase any of your ridiculously overpriced products...

  • silverflash - 2011-05-31 16:18

    oom Blatter is innocent , this smells like a conspiracy to me .. lol , cant wait for the drama to unravel , interesting stuff, would make a great Hollywood block buster

  • ds - 2011-05-31 23:53

    Blatter out!!! He has done nothing for the game - NO MORE POLITICAL people should be allowed to govern the game - FOOTBALL PEOPLE ONLY

  • mazakes - 2011-06-01 10:54

    Blatter should have put it plain and square - It's the brits who are in denial, NOT FIFA. truth is, these arrogant brits are not well-liked in europe, and that's where their troubles begin and end. everyonee knows europe is the largest voting block in the fifa award of wc hosting rights, and without their support, no one can hope to win. to the brit supporting denialist here is food for thought for you. during 2018 voting, england managed only one (english fa) vote out of the possible 9 votes from europe. tell us why. rewind to 2000 voting for 2006 wc. again, england could only master one (scotish) vote out of a possible 9. to add salt to injury, south africa, a non-european country and english most favoured object of ridicule, matched england and got one (swiss blatter's) vote. again, please explain why. if england got euopean votes in 2000, they would have hosted 2006. again, if they got europe vote in 2010, we wouldn't be finding ouselves in this situation. it's not FIFA that doesn't hates the brits - it's europe which does. and why?? that's the question that only the brits can answer. the time has come for these these denialist brits to look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves why they are so detested by other europe. it's clear that europe is not at all interested in the now famous english campaign line - that they are better than south africa, that they have no aids and crime. what europe requires from england is innovation and substance.

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