Hard Man Henry Kissinger will boot out Blatter
By Andrew Jennings
Sunday June 5, 2011
When Sepp Blatter let slip last week that Henry Kissinger is heading for Zurich to sweep away the dirt at FIFA he surely knew that his bottom ain’t going to be warming the President’s throne for many more months. When Kissinger added, ‘There’s a need for modernisation,’ Blatter had to know the jig was up.
Kissinger said of Blatter, darkly, ‘I would certainly know how to communicate with him, and the results will be shown by the degree to which our recommendations are accepted.’
Here we go. The long-expected American power grab for world football, a sport too globally popular, too dripping in money to be left under the control of the third-rate clowns who’ve reduced it to a daily scandal show. They’ve asked for it – and they’re going to get it, bigtime.
Blatter will be pushed aside by his furious financiers, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa and the other global brands that pay for his presidential life style and the comforts that keep his dimwit members voting for him. Blatter has made himself the focus of planet-wide loathing and ridicule and Big Money has had enough. All sponsor’s contracts have break clauses for misbehaviour – just like Coca-Cola and Mr Rooney.
Forget the Kissinger who many accuse of war crimes after the bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam war. Put aside his Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the carnage that he helped create.
Remember only two things: That Kissinger’s secretive consultancy firm tightly controlled the so-called Olympic reform process in 1999 after the catastrophic sex-and-cash-for-votes scandal in Salt Lake City. And remember (are you listening Sepp?) that Kissinger worked on the failed American bid to stage the 2022 World Cup. He knows his country was shafted. Sepp, it’s personal.
BLATTER MUST BE DITCHED
When the sponsors – whoops, partners as we are instructed to call them - moved on the International Olympic Committee in 1999 because the Salt Lake scandal was damaging the event for which they paid so much, they let president Samaranch stay in power.
This was because the dirt wasn’t seen to stick to Samaranch personally – and the sponsors needed him under control, to steer the 2008 Games to Beijing, clients of Kissinger. That chapter of IOC scandals could be closed swiftly. There was no more dirt to come.
No such luck for Blatter. He’ll have to be ditched because in a few months the FIFA president’s personal involvement in the biggest corruption story in world sport will be revealed. That would be one in the jockstrap for the Partners. They are not going to tolerate any more pain.