Last Saturday, the day before the Gold Cup final match, I was able to help out at the CONCACAF reception. I greeted Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, at the door way of The Drake hotel and directed him to the proper banquet room. He was quickly approached by a handful of photographers and later gave a brief speech about the tournament, the good of the game and to thank people.
Before that night I didn't know much about Mr. Blatter. When I got home I read up on certain things that have and haven't happened under him since he took command of FIFA in 1998. I came across quite a bit of controversy, but this fact blew me away: "During the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Blatter's absence during the prize-podium events was noted and criticized in international media, as it was considered odd by many that FIFA's president was not present during the climax of FIFA's biggest event."
What is your impression or knowledge of Sepp Blatter?
I haven't had the chance to meet Mr. Blatter as you have, but just about everything I have read about him reflects an arrogant man who is more interested in the politics of his position than the good of the game. We all know that running an organization as big as FIFA isn't a popularity contest, but the dislike that Sepp's peers and the media seem to share for him doesn't bode well for his future or reflect well on what he's done so far.
Agreed. It certainly was not hard to dig up a good-sized list of alleged corruption in support of your perception.
This was enough for me, though.
Soccer chief's plan to boost women's game? Hotpants
Football's most senior administrator attracted the wrath of the women's game last night by suggesting female players wear tighter shorts to promote "a more female aesthetic"
Sepp Blatter, the president of the world governing body Fifa, said women should have skimpier kit to increase the popularity of the game. "Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball," he said.
"They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"
Marcus Christenson and Paul Kelso
Friday January 16, 2004