Would you buy a used car from this man, let alone want him running the football’s most world governing body?
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has pledged wide-ranging reforms if he is re-elected, including changes to how future World Cup hosts are chosen.
He says he is considering allowing all of Fifa’s 208 member associations to vote on host countries in future.
Blatter, 75, is standing against Asian football president Mohamed Bin Hammam in the election on 1 June.
He told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine he hopes his reforms will “restore the credibility” of Fifa.
The governing body was criticised for the process that led its executive to give Russia the 2018 World Cup and choose Qatar as host of the 2022 tournament.
Blatter, who is seeking a fourth term as president, is proposing a solution similar to the way in which the International Olympic Committee chooses Olympic venues.
“That’s a project I have at the back of my mind,” revealed Blatter. “I’d like to adopt the example of the International Olympic Committee to avoid a repeat of what’s happened in future.
“The executive committee receives 10 or 12 bids, looks at them, recommends the best ones and then lets the plenary meeting vote.
“That would be a positive solution for Fifa. In view of the uncomfortable experience I had here in Zurich on December 2 it’s an idea worth considering.”
Blatter has also proposed setting up a watchdog committee to supervise how football’s governing body works, adding he already knew who he wanted to head the body, but did not name them. (BBC Sport)
Right, so did everyone get that? Sepp Blatter is basically admitting that FIFA needs change and that he will definitely look into fixing the problem the moment he is re-elected, which is of course incredibly convenient as previously he said no change was needed. Anyone believe what he is saying?
The reigning FIFA president has stated his desire to adopt an IOC style system for deciding on hosts of major tournaments but what is to stop Blatter from changing his mind once he was once again re-elected? FIFA needs change but it’s pretty much a closed shop and no one stands much of a chance of executing real change in the hugely corrupt body.
Sepp also accused Mohamed Bin Hammam of being ‘aggressive’ simply because the Asian football president dared to run against him, which is a tad bizarre.