OVERHEARD

Re­ac­tion from around the world to Sepp Blat­ter’s de­ci­sion Tues­day to re­sign from FIFA:

Los Angeles Times - - FIFA CRISIS -

U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice hands Sepp Blat­ter a red card.”

— Joe Can­non,

for­mer MLS player We cer­tainly don’t want some­body else com­ing in and just con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of cor­rup­tion. You need some­body com­ing in that un­der­stands that mas­sive change has to hap­pen.”

— Alexi Lalas,

for­mer U.S. na­tional team player His fall will come as a tsunami to ev­ery cor­rupt leader in the con­fed­er­a­tions around the world.... We need the cor­rupt ones in pri­son, and we need the con­tri­bu­tions from great idols, good sports lead­ers and foot­ball lovers.”

— Ro­mario,

Brazil­ian soc­cer great Hallelujah! Sepp Blat­ter is out.”

— Julie Foudy,

for­mer U.S. na­tional team player Blat­ter has re­signed. Can’t quite be­lieve it. FIFA al­ways ap­peared to be such a fine up­stand­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

— Gary Lineker,

for­mer English player All the in­gre­di­ents here for a Hol­ly­wood block­buster or five-part HBO drama. Danny DeVito is made for role of Blat­ter.”

— Graeme Le Saux,

for­mer English Pre­mier League player You get the lower-level peo­ple to co­op­er­ate, then you work your way up.… Hope­fully, they feel that those nine [in­dicted FIFA of­fi­cials] can give them ad­di­tional ev­i­dence on the head guy. That’s the nor­mal way to work any of th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

— Dou­glas E. Small,

for­mer FBI spe­cial agent, who worked on public cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing as well as the En­ron case Ding Dong the Witch is Dead! Sepp Blat­ter just re­signed!”

— Drew Carey,

TV show host This is the first of many steps to­ward real and mean­ing­ful re­form within FIFA. To­day is an oc­ca­sion for op­ti­mism and be­lief for ev­ery­one who shares a pas­sion for our game.”

— Su­nil Gu­lati,

U.S. Soc­cer pres­i­dent

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