Yep, that’s right. Another blog about Sepp Blatter, the head of footballs governing body, FIFA. This time he has caused outrage by suggesting gay people- homosexuals and lesbians, should refrain from ‘gay activity’ if they go to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. I have already made my opinions clear about the decision to award a country like Qatar the world cup, but ironically Blatter has opened up further potential problems with this unthoughtful comment. For a start FIFA have created problems for themselves by awarding the world cup to a country which hold prejudices and laws that conflict with the rest of the world. Laws against homosexuals and lesbians restrict people’s human rights, and are quite frankly ridiculous in the 21st century. This threatens to overshadow the whole of the 2022 world cup.
Blatter says what he wants, when he wants, as he pleases. This is definitely not suitable, considering he is supposed to set an example to the rest of the sport. Quite clearly he has caused outrage with his recent comments, persecuting the whole of the gay community in a sense. This will surely raise further questions about his suitability to run FIFA. NBA star John Amaechi, who was the first basket baller to publically reveal he was homosexual, has been deeply offended by Blatter’s comments. He said, “Anything less than a full reversal of his position is unacceptable and if the FA and football and sporting associations around the world fail to acknowledge this insult, they too will be complicit.” Something I have to agree with.
Speaking for many English football fans, it would be fair to say, England do not like Sepp Blatter, or FIFA at all for that matter. Considering we are supposed to be ‘the home of football’, we don’t get treated with the respect we deserve. Various decisions, including the farcical world cup bidding voting process have gone against us as a nation recently, and this leaves me questioning what is the point? I would absolutely love us to leave FIFA, but then I realise, who would we be able to play football against then? The sad answer is no-one. Because of this reason we will always be tied to FIFA, let’s just hope when a new president takes over they have morals and a better understanding of the game than their predecessor. To watch the video of Blatter click here.