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