Today is the day that soccer fans have been eagerly waiting for around the world, ever since Sepp Blatter was recalled from his position as President of FIFA. There was a lot of controversy around those that were vying for his position as successors. We look forward to the final announcemt today as Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa and Gianni Infantino seem to be the leading men on the race. The intriguing thought in my mind this morning, is whilst FIFA is preparing to announce Sepp Blutter’s successor, 2-thirds of the voters have lost confidence in the organisation. Therefore, what the majority of the voters seem to be saying is regardless of who takes over, FIFA has lost its credibility with football fans worldwide.
On the other side, Blatter and Michel Platini have received a sense of relief that their expulsion has been lifted from 8 years to 6 years .Certainly the relief has nothing to do with the outcome of the race for presidency . You must remember that the FIFA ethics committee together with its chairman who is of German descent found the two entangled in a money laundering scandal. Blatter authorised that FIFA must pay Platini a sum of $2 Million dollars whilst Platini was the president of United Europe Football Association( UEFA),this action was seen as unethical and landed both Blatter and Platini in trouble. Subsequent to that the world wide football fans lost their faith and trust on this football organisation. During the course of this week on Wednesday the board of appeals sat and listened to their appeals, of which they lamented that they have served both FIFA and UEFA admirably throughout their tenure; this is what led to their expulsion being adjusted.
The two gentlemen vehemently denied these allegations stating that they had made a verbal agreement and did not see anything uncouth when they were exchanging the envelopes. One of the factors that could compromise FIFA’s credibility with regard to the results of the votes is the very Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khaifa, who is a candidate for presidency, is alleged to have paid bribes for obtaining votes to his favour. Damian Collins, a lawyer of United Kingdom origin, advises that Salman must be brought to book for buying votes that led to him leading the Asian Football Confederation in 2013. Salman’s legal representatives have dismissed these allegations due to insufficient evidence whilst on the other hand Collins is adamant that there is evidence that has surfaced therefore investigations must take place. In all this the Confederation of African Football (CAF) continues to pledge its support to Salman regardless of these allegations. With all this Gianni Infantino says he is confident of African support and will have his share on the African votes. Just recently Inflantino was in South Africa with one of the presidential candidates and former minister for Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale, who also has felt the lack of support from CAF and the South African Football Association (SAFA).
Sexwale believes in dealing with things as they come and present themselves, he claims that he wouldn’t want to come across as conceited, he states that he is willing to forge a working relationship with whoever, if they share the same sentiment and will catapult him to victory, so that he can use the position to fight against racism in football. Today the world awaits the announcement on who will fill Blatter’s shoes amongst Sexwale, Salman, Infantino, Jerome Champagne and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. Personally I think even if Salman wins his victory will cause controversy because of the allegations by the English. All of this boils down to FIFA losing its credibility.