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Sepp Blatter claims Qatar bribery claims are fueled by racism

Jun 9, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

Sepp Blatter AP

We see what you’re doing, FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

You’re mired in controversy. Even a cursory search on our site of “Qatar” shows beaming examples of how successful the 2022 World Cup will be accusations of bribery, foul play and even reports of migrant worker enslavement and death.

No fun, huh?

And then John Oliver used his HBO soapbox over the weekend to talk about how much he loved your tournament — the World Cup — but couldn’t stand your organization. It was a deep burn, and the fire spread all over social media.

So you’re thinking, “How do I deflect? How do I deflect? A-ha! Racism! They’re all racists!”

From the BBC:

“There is a sort of storm against Fifa relating to the Qatar World Cup,” Blatter said. “Sadly there’s a great deal of discrimination and racism.”

Fifa will rule on the validity of the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in September or October.

At that point, the president of football’s world governing body said, the “matter will be closed”.

Speaking to African football officials in Sao Paulo, Blatter confirmed that the latest allegations  would be discussed at the Fifa Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said Fifa needed to combat “anything that smacks of discrimination and racism”.

“It really makes me sad,” he added.

Single tear.

I mean, it’s not like anyone at FIFA has called giving the tournament to Qatar a mistake (well, besides you).

And yes, perhaps if incredibly-wealthy people who give or take bribes — at the very least, give or take random sums of money in order to swing a World Cup vote — have become their own race of people, then yes, this is totally racist. And for having the bravery to step up publicly to combat this racial wrong, you sir are a combination of Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks and Mohandas Gandhi.

Attaboy, Sepp.

In all seriousness, there is certainly plenty of vitriol for every race coming from some spewing cesspool of hate somewhere in the world. Undoubtedly there are those who take the traveshamockery that was awarding the World Cup to Brazil and use it to amplify their hateful feelings against Middle Eastern people (although you claim it’s against Africans when Qatar seemingly — and by seemingly, we mean definitely — is in Asia). Don’t make this issue about racism, Sepp. It’s sad.

  1. jslip1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I don’t think that’s how that card works.

  2. godsholytrousers - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Racism?
    Is Sepp Blatter jumping the shark?

    • Nicholas Mendola - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Depends. Is the shark solid gold, or just gold-plated?

      • Greg - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Fools gold

  3. lyleoross - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Wow – Blatter should do his politicking in the U.S. He’s as full of it as any politician we have here. I love politicians who ignore the reputations their parties have earned so carefully, and blame it on everyone else.

    • adroste13 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Blatter is an absolute idot. Every time he opens his mouth it’s another black cloud on soccer.

  4. drewvt6 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I’d love to see a list of ridiculous Sepp Blatter remarks. Such as those about how women need to wear shorter shorts and tighter tops to promote their game.

    • bishopofblunder - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      There’s not enough bandwidth on the internet to hold them all.

  5. wbdickerson3 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Sepp clearly lives in his own world not realizing the anger over the Qatar bid is due to the lies about when it was to be held (bid said Summer changing it to Winter changes the validity of the Qatar bid to begin with), the human rights violations, and oh can’t forget the million plus dollar issue here BRIBERY.

  6. boroteesside - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Sepp Blatter is officially lower than a dachshund’s nipple!

  7. Nick - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    What’s sad is that the man just doesn’t get it. The ’22 WC seems to be hemorrhaging evidence on a weekly basis that shows how crooked the vote really was…. And then tries to spout RACISM?! I’d like to remind you that this is also the head of an organization whose idea of getting tough on racism is a $13 fine to the national organization of the offending club.

    • mknow406a - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      LOL. I’m not sure who doesn’t get it. Blatter or the folks on here that are suprised. Why do you think FIFA is headquartered in Switzerland? It has nothing to do with neutrality and everything to do with tax evasion. People want to think FIFA is this honest, pure organization out for the betterment of soccer… it’s NOT. It NEVER has been. They are accountable to NOBODY. FIFA is not a public company that is beholden to share holders, nor is it a government entity whose behavior is limited by laws. It is a non-profit incorporated in a country notorious for its lack of transparency and oversight laws. A match fixer in southest Asia just released a book about fixing friendly matches in the build up to South Africa (google it if you don’t believe me). The bookies were literally replacing the refs last minute to fix matches. One SA official got wind of it and stopped it for a match. The next day came the death threats and the SA federation told him to back off because they couldn’t guarantee his safety. Presented with a mountain of evidence, what do you think was FIFA’s reaction? The official FIFA response: “The official in question (who received $100k to fix one match) is now retired since he is too old to officiate any longer. For us, the matter is closed.”

  8. bellerophon30 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Sepp, everything you do makes me sad.

  9. mikeevergreen - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Memo to rest of world: Do not believe four-legged, two-faced piss balloon. He reek of urine like wino.

  10. reformed2012 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    FIFA will certainly work well with the new Qatari sponsorship instead of “racist” companies like Sony, Coca Cola McDonalds, adidas, VISA, Hyundai, JNJ, Budweiser etc.

  11. mknow406a - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Deny, deny , deny… Deflect!!!!

  12. suckittrebek76 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Discrimination? Half of Qatar is discriminated against due to their gender, and he accuses Qatar’s critics of being racist and discriminatory. It’s just plain ridiculous.

  13. chunkala - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    The act of bribery doesn’t know racism – it is undertaken by all colors and creeds.

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