Football is the world’s game. FIFA, the game’s body, codifies the rules for the entire globe. All it takes is a ball, markers for two goals and you can have yourself a game. In an interview with the BBC, Sepp’s daughter Corrine Blatter noted that he is potentially the only person in the world who can, “arrive in a country unannounced and be allowed to audience with a head of state”.
Seven FIFA officials were arrested on May 27th, following an FBI investigation into bribery and corruption during the bidding process of the 2010 World Cup. In total, 14 people have been indicted, leading to the postponement of the FIFA presidential election, which were set to occur in Zurich on Friday May 29th.
The universality of football has turned the sport into form of identity and belonging. This deep connection has only compounded people’s frustration. World Cup sponsors have been flooded with emails and petitions to pressure FIFA to change its endemic culture of corruption. In Europe, UEFA officials are meeting to discuss a total boycott of FIFA, with many feeling that things can only change if Sepp resigns from his position.