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Five Questions in Light of Blatter's Fifth Term

While we hoped justice would prevail, that hasn't happened here. Yet. Here's five questions from the South Stands.

Sepp Blatter returns for a record fifth term as President of FIFA
Sepp Blatter returns for a record fifth term as President of FIFA
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One always has a ray of hope that justice will prevail in FIFA--until we realize that the depth of the corruption is so deeply-rooted and that the amount of money that exchanges hands is so significant that it's like what Thomas Jefferson once said about the corruption of slavery: "You have the wolf by the ears--you know you shouldn't have the wolf by the ears, but you're too afraid to let it go."

And so, the world's overseeing organization of the world's sport continues with a corrupt management fed by corrupt individuals to propel a corrupt agency into the future.  But it does bring out some interesting points about the human condition:

  1. Isn't it interesting that we at the same time want justice so badly and yet expect it so infrequently? It brings about the existential question of our day:  why do we expect justice to begin with?  Is it simply a societal and cultural construct, or is there more to it?
  2. Isn't it sad that many of us expected Blatter to retain the FIFA throne, yet some molecules in us hoped that another would stand up to him?
  3. What does it mean to love the game? That we should put up with this, even with the corruption--or that we refuse to put up with it because we want a clean game that takes nothing away from its beauty?  I think, if you love the game, then take away the stains!
  4. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans addressed the hypocrisy of the Christians when he said, "His name is blasphemed among the nations because of you (Romans 2:24)". Do they not see how badly non-soccer fans look upon this and aren't impressed and shake their heads? (The answer is, FIFA doesn't care.  While a few Americans may turn away and not give soccer a chance, it's so firmly entrenched in so many other world cultures that it won't bring any desire to change.)
  5. Don't give up. Soccer is more than FIFA. We have MLS that's not under FIFA.  And we know that Blatter will not live forever.  While change hasn't happened now, we must know that justice will prevail at some point and all will have to give an account for what's happened.  Don't give up.
What about this?  Do you care?  Does it affect your soccer fever?  Let's hear from you.