Sepp Blatter's official statement to stand for a further mandate at the helm of FIFA has sent the newsagencies' wires hot. The controversial Swiss has however demonstrated he can do it and he is fit for it provided he addresses urgently the rules disrepute football, not soccer, is ongoing in the pitches.
|FIFA President Joseph Blatter / Picture: keirradnedge.com|
It would take him to a twenty years spell at the helm of the world soccer authority however four years short of his predecessor, Brazilian Joao Havelange, who reigned from1974 until 1998.
Blatter, provide he will go through the actual internal investigation over the assignments of the two next World Cups, he is a fit and charm person that has - despite being elected in 1998 amidst cries of fifty thousands dollars 'bungs' delivered overnight to African federations electors' rooms at Paris' Meridien hotel and survived at the last election when a Zurich's newspaper reported similar cries for components of the Executive Committee - finally seemed to grasp the essence of football laws and the need to adapt them to the times.
He duly, almost on his own will, decided recently to bring in the much acclaimed Goal Line Technology for all the major national and international competitions to guarantee the avoidance of injustices like the 'phantom' goal in the last World Cup match between Germany and England.
He is therefore well fit to continue - and in this sense we already expressed our opinion after what happened in Salvador during the 2014 Brazil World Cup Draw where a power sharing deal it seems to have occurred with France's and UEFA president Michel Platini - however, despite what he said at the last pre 2010 World Cup ExCo in South Africa with regards to tolerating pushing and showing, he must bring back professional football to the correct application of interpretations of its Laws or it risks a perhaps lethal fracture with the global grassroots players base that in turn support FIFA and its Federations earnings.
In fact it is not a secret that number of amateurs and youth players, matches and therefore numbers of clubs and leagues have dropped everywhere in the men sectors whilst their are on the increase in the women side where football or soccer is still played and regulated according the Laws.
Blatter states intention to announce his candidacy for another FIFA term