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FIFA corrupt, US hypocritical

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

That FIFA is a corrupt, dysfunctional organisation in serious need of reform and new leadership is not in question. After the Qatar debacle and the scandals of the last five years, that Sepp Blatter is romping to re-election as FIFA president is laughable and pathetic.

However, the idea that the United States is arrogating to itself the responsibility for fixing FIFA by subjecting FIFA officials to US jurisdiction is symptomatic of the unmitigated gall of the United States, its arrogance and yet another desperate grasp for moral legitimacy by the increasingly irrelevant relic.

In the face of rampant drug use by US track and field athletes, NFL champions tampering with balls that are used during games, or the NBA refusing to suspend Dwight Howard for committing the textbook definition of a flagrant foul because they did not want to affect the TV ratings of the NBA conference finals, that the US has the nerve to lecture the rest of the world on corruption in sports is preposterous.

Shame on spineless Switzerland and Trinidad & Tobago for carrying out the dirty work of the self-aggrandising Americans, and shame on the Europeans and South Americans for not acting sooner to clean up the cesspool that is the Sepp Blatter-led FIFA.

H. EDISON HUMPHRIES

edison9114@yahoo.com

Florida, USA