By Leander Schaerlaeckens
Sepp Blatter, the Grand Poobah of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, has done it again. As is his wont, the dictatorial 77-year-old president has said something uproariously stupid and wickedly offensive, without even realizing it.
During FIFA’s ongoing congress in Mauritius, he managed to further taint the embattled worldwide federation – whose reputation groans under the weight of corruption and cronyism accusations – by calling Australia’s Moya Dodd, who is vying to become the first ever woman on FIFA’s executive committee “a good candidate and a good-looking candidate.”
All that was missing was the 1960s Mad Men-style pat on the secretary’s rear. (Fittingly, Blatter’s last job before joining FIFA in 1975 was as president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, which hoped to dissuade women from wearing pantyhose.)
So… a pretty dumb and politically incorrect thing to say, right? Sadly, it doesn’t even crack the blathering Blatter’s top five blunders.
So here, for your cringing pleasure, is that top five:
5. “There’s too much modern slavery in transferring players or buying players here and there, and putting them somewhere.” – On Cristiano Ronaldo’s world-record transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
4. “If this had happened in let’s say Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded.” – On England captain John Terry having an affair with a teammate’s girlfriend.
3. “There are beautiful women footballers now. They should wear tighter shorts and low-cut shirts to create a more female aesthetic.” – On making the women’s game more attractive to men.
2. “I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.” – On how gay fans planning to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, should handle obey local laws.
1. “There is no racism in football, at the end of the game, they should shake hands.” – On how players should react when they’re racially abused by opponents.