Jerome Valcke gets our vote to replace Sepp Blatter thanks to his stance on beer consumption.
Beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, football’s world governing body, Fifa, has insisted.
Fifa General Secretary Jerome Valcke said the right to sell beer must be enshrined in a World Cup law the Brazilian Congress is considering.
“Alcoholic drinks are part of the Fifa World Cup, so we’re going to have them. Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant but that’s something we won’t negotiate,” he said. “The fact that we have the right to sell beer has to be a part of the law.”
Alcohol was banned at Brazilian football matches in 2003 in an attempt to tackle violence between rival football fans.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
We would now like to put forward our support to Jerome Valcke as the rightful heir to the FIFA president’s throne when mad-hatter Sepp Blatter steps down. We like his no-nonsense stance on this issue but own wonders if such a stance will be so easily enforced when the 2022 World Cup bandwagon makes its way to Qatar, a country where alcohol consumption is frowned upon and greatly restricted.
The thorny issue of the sale of alcoholic beverages in football stadiums is dealt with in different ways across the world. Some countries have banned it and others openly encourage it and one hopes that Valcke’s view on the matter comes from a ‘good place’ namely his love for beer and the right for football fans to enjoy a nice pint in the stadium as opposed to any sponsorship rights issue.
If any beer producer wishes to send us crates of the stuff in order to get a positive right up on the merits of their product then we are of course open to that sort of bribery.