In an incredible twist Sepp Blatter is to sit on a panel at the University of Basel discussing how to reform FIFA. According to Fox Sports on April 15th Blatter is to sit on a panel to discuss everything thats wrong with Football’s governing body and how to fix it.
The university of Basel appear to have pulled of quite the ironic coup but given their description of the disgraced former president they appear to be aware of some of the issues surrounding their panelist.
“From 1981 to 1998 Joseph S. Blatter was FIFA’s secretary general and acted as its president from 1998 until his resignation. Blatter initiated reforms to fight corruption within the FIFA, while at the same time he was repeatedly confronted with allegations of corruption and misconduct.”
His inclusion on the panel makes an awful lot of sense, if you are to get to the bottom of a crisis, then you may as well talk to the man who instigated the whole thing from the get go. As a man who famously proclaimed that he can’t be expected to know everything that’s going on, we wonder just how many holes in his knowledge will be exposed on the panel that also features former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo.
His continued attempts to involve himself in the ongoing football discussion aside actually smack of the tragic than the hilarious, at 80 years of age he just seems unable to let go of the life he is currently banned from leading. His ignorance surrounding FIFA’s on going operations and lack of self awareness particularly with regards to his own involvement in FIFA’s debacle actually tell the story of a man who was surrounded with yes men for the better part of his life and someone who can’t let go. His astronomical salary while FIFA’s president should have given him more than enough to retire on but there’s something depressing about his inability to depart with what little dignity he has left and slip away to retirement.
The whole discussion is being streamed live, and we’re not sure if there will be English subtitles but if Sepp Blatter’s involved there will likely be fireworks.