A red card for FIFA

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Blat­ter drops de­fi­ant tone as he agrees to re­sign,” June 3 Well, well. Gee, Sepp Blat­ter, if the crime hap­pened on your watch, and you were in the prime po­si­tion of author­ity to thwart it, and you did noth­ing ex­cept al­low it to con­tinue, be­com­ing adept at evad­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, what makes you think that the world is go­ing to be­lieve you when in your mo­ment of guilty clar­ity, when your lawyers fi­nally get it into your head that you’re busted, you solemnly swear, “It is my deep care for FIFA and its in­ter­ests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this de­ci­sion”?

Noth­ing has a more disin­gen­u­ous ring than a hastily pre­pared mea culpa by some­one who has some­one else’s words writ­ten for him. So ut­terly tacky.

Lin­coln Gable Ri­ley

Cul­ver City

If the charges by the U.S. gov­ern­ment against soc­cer gov­ern­ing body FIFA are true, money has in­deed cor­rupted peo­ple in the hi­er­ar­chy of soc­cer. But judg­ing by the ag­gres­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, soc­cer is ev­i­dently more im­por­tant than gov­ern­ment.

Pray tell, how doesn’t money cor­rupt our elec­toral sys­tem with the bil­lions spent by so few who se­lect who we get to vote for? Then there are those 28,000 reg­is­tered lob­by­ists with bulging wal­lets in Wash­ing­ton ask­ing for fa­vors, pay­ing div­i­dends to our mem­bers of Congress while they’re in of­fice and when they re­tire.

Ken John­son

Piñon Hills, Calif.

It seems Blat­ter is al­ready par­rot­ing Cap­tain Re­nault’s tongue-in-cheek claim that he is “shocked, shocked” that there is cor­rup­tion in FIFA.

And we all know how that movie turned out.

Richard Sakai

Cul­ver City

Va­le­ri­ano Di Domenico AFP/Getty Images

DAYS AF­TER say­ing “Why would I step down?,” FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter did just that Tues­day.

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