Defiant Sepp Blatter does a Kalmadi with FIFA

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Zurich, May 31: Sepp Blatter is well on course to become the Suresh Kalmadi of World Football, and it is thus all but expected to put up same sort of defiance as the disgraced Indian politician did in the wake of the various scandals about the organisation of the Commonwealth Games 2010. Such has been obsession with the top job in FIFA that he refuses to accept that the football's apex body is in dire straits because of never-ending corruption allegations emerging almost everyday.

Blatter, who is now the only candidate for the FIFA Presidential polls, after the organisation's ethics body suspended Bin Hammam, his lone challenger for the top job, refuses to admit that football's apex body is in some sort of crisis.

Speaking at a press conference, Blatter replied to queries on his own position amid wide-ranging allegations of wrong-doing and said, "We are not in a crisis, we are only in some difficulties and these can be solved inside our family."

He added, "FIFA is strong enough to deal with our own problems."

Ruling out a new vote on the venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Scheduled to be held at Qatar, he said, "There is no issue for the World Cup in 2022. I believe that the decision taken for the World Cup in 2022 was done exactly in the same pattern and in the same way as the 2018 tournament."

Blatter, who has been the President of FIFA since 1998, is all set to be re-elected for another term as critics say that he has conveniently forced the expulsion of Bin Hammam, the suspended Asian Football Confederation chairman. Critics point out that, in the aftermath of Hammam's suspension, FIFA should have put a stay on the polls until the hearing of Bin Hammam's case is over and a verdict is pronounced.

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