Many issues have arisen at the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The president Sepp Blatter has been urged to resign from his post.
European authorities are calling for the resignation of president, Sepp Blatter. And there are corruption allegations against the Qatari proposal to hold the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
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The calls come from Dutch and English quarters. According to Yahoo! Sports, "Michael van Praag, head of the Dutch football association, said Blatter should quit when his term ends next year. A similar demand was made by David Gill, vice-chairman of England's Football Association."
Blatter is getting on in years. He is 78-year-old now. He opened the proceedings of the FIFA in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. Yet the man is not any the worse for wear.
"Tonight we are in a festive mood because let's say the discussions and all of what's linked with FIFA and is so important nowadays, we will discuss it tomorrow," Blatter said.
Despite the opposition to his continuing in his role, he plans on a four year extension of his term as president. Blatter put off the discussion regarding his resignation by presenting the alibi that it was a fun-filled festive occasion so the matter should be put off till next time.
Brazil is furthermore up against protests by conservationists about the huge amount of money being spent on this year’s World Cup.
Blatter certainly faces a lot of criticism over his stubborn attitude. He promised that this would be his last term awhile back but has now backtracked from his original position.
The charges of corruption and cliques being formed in FIFA have plagued Blatter’s reign. Blatter is adamant though that he will not resign any time soon.
The debate is ongoing regarding his status and whether he can be leveraged into giving up his rightful or wrongful position as president of FIFA.
"Mr Blatter, this is nothing personal but if you look at FIFA's reputation over the last seven or eight years, it is being linked to all kinds of corruption and all kinds of old boys' networks things," Van Praag said he had told Blatter.
"FIFA has an executive president and you are not making things easy for yourself and I do not think you are the man for the job any longer."
It’s been over a decade and a half since Blatter has been president. He has a commanding presence and a powerful personality.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Qatar have denied that they are involved in any sort of hanky-panky. In fact, they have attacked the FIFA administration by calling the accusations nothing but blatant racism.
Qatar is going to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. But a FIFA technical report warned that "searing temperatures during June and July in Qatar posed a health risk."
"Blatter hit out at the 'storm against FIFA' over Qatar and the 'discrimination and racism' at the heart of the attacks when he addressed the African Football Confederation on Tuesday," reported Yahoo! Sports.
English FA chairman Greg Dyke said he had told Blatter "the allegations being made are nothing to do with the racism, they are allegations about corruption."
But Blatter said that "I still have the fire inside" to lead FIFA.
Whatever the internal politics or issues that FIFA faces, it must resolve them amicably without arousing any unnecessary ire on anyone’s part.