Sepp Blatter – key moments in footage
Sepp Blatter was president of FIFA, soccer’s world governing physique, between 1998 and 2015.
The seventy nine-yr-previous Swiss dominated the world’s hottest sport over this 17-yr interval. However his reign was not with out controversy.
Blatter confronted a felony investigation after profitable the 2002 FIFA presidential election, being accused of monetary mismanagement by eleven former members of the ruling physique’s government committee, together with his 1998 election rival Lennart Johansson. Nevertheless, prosecutors dropped the case as a consequence of a scarcity of proof.
In 2004, Blatter angered feminine footballers together with his suggestion for a way the ladies’s recreation could possibly be made extra interesting. “They might, for instance, have tighter shorts,” stated the Swiss. “Let the ladies play in additional female garments like they do in volleyball.”
Blatter carried out a U-activate using objective-line know-how and apologized to the English Soccer Affiliation after an incorrect determination through the 2010 World Cup. Regardless of replays displaying a shot from England’s Frank Lampard had clearly crossed the road within the final-sixteen conflict with Germany, the objective was not awarded.
In 2010, when England captain John Terry, who’s married, was reported to have been concerned with the companion of his former Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge, Blatter responded: “If this had occurred in, for example, Latin nations then I feel he would have been applauded.”
In December 2010, Blatter was closely criticized for suggesting homosexual soccer followers ought to “chorus from sexual exercise” in the event that they wished to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the place homosexuality is against the law. Blatter later apologized and stated it had not been his intention to offend or discriminate.
In December 2010 Blatter insisted that FIFA was “not corrupt … there are not any rotten eggs” regardless of two of his government committee members — Amos Adamu, pictured, and Reynald Temarii — being suspended for accepting bribes within the lead-as much as the vote for awarding internet hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. He referred to as England “dangerous losers” after dropping out to Russia.
A Manchester Metropolis fan shows a banner with a message for FIFA President Sepp Blatter relating to his dealing with of allegations of racism in soccer in 2011. Blatter had earlier advised that incidents of racism on the pitch could possibly be sorted out with a handshake when a recreation completed.
Whereas Blatter oversaw the primary World Cups in Africa and Asia — South Africa in 2010 and Japan and South Korea in 2002 — he additionally presided over a decline within the public’s notion of FIFA. Corruption allegations surrounded the bidding course of referring to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.
Blatter sought one other time period on the head of FIFA in 2015 and though he initially achieved that feat, he stepped down shortly after.
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