Internet Provides Small Change in FIFA Reform

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Sadly, I think you are right – fans are pretty powerless. The only glimpse of hope might be through lobbying bodies that are more influential than FIFA, like governments: impotent though he often appears to be, if Barack Obama expressed distaste for the organization then Blatter might listen.

    The tough job I would have is convincing is my non-football liking friends (and many of those who do like it) that a government should spend time they could be devoting to fighting poverty, improving healthcare and education and fighting political corruption to trying to oust Sepp Blatter and his cronies. Modest reform including tight caps on bid spending provide our only hope.

  2. kt says:

    At club level fans possess massive power but refuse to exercise it.

    Women still wouldn’t have the vote if they’d displayed the same level of passivity that football fans do.

  3. Micky F says:

    Trying to reform football through FIFA is a complete waste of time, Blatter & Warner have used FIFA’s riches to buy the votes that keep them in power.

    The only way to fix it is for a powerful group of countries (UEFA perhaps?) to resign and form their own governing body. With the FIFA World Cup denuded of it’s best teams the cash flow that keeps Blatter & Warner in power would be turned off.

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