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Blatter's FIFA management woes

05-30-2011 14:47 BJT

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The man in the middle of the FIFA dispute has a long-time connection with the game of global football. Sepp Blatter's link with the scandal may continue for some time to come.

Sepp Blatter has an unrivalled understanding of the way world football runs, building on 13 years of experience as FIFA President.

He has worked at football's world governing body since 1975, first as technical director, then for 18 years as the Secretary General. He faced the ethics committee after a counter complaint was filed by his only rival for the top job in this week's election, Mohammed bin Hammam. He sensationally withdrew his bid hours before Sunday's hearing.

Bin Hammam is a Qatari businessman who worked for his country's football association during the 1970's. He became a FIFA committee member in 1996 until now. He's been a strong supporter of Blatter.

Since 2002, as the president of the Asian Football Confederation Bin Hammam has slowly built his own support base around the development of the Asian Champions League. His run for the presidency was based on transparency and a new direction for FIFA, but the battle for top job turned acrimonious this week, with a series of corruption and bribery allegations and counter allegations.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA president said, "We are not corrupt"

Despite offering the same rhetoric, behind the scenes both men are claming the other is guilty...

Mohamed Bin Hammam, AFC president said, "FIFA is not corrupt"

With bin Hammam and vice president Jack Warner suspended over bribery allegations, the damage to FIFA is irreparable. Political journalist and former commissioner from Football Australia, George Negus, says sweeping changes at the top must be made...

The corruption crisis means a football tsunami could be ahead.

There is still more to come in this tale of political intrigue.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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