SteveW wrote:All this talk about 'he's ruined the game I love' appears to be complete nonsense - other than being on the fiddle about where the World Cup goes I'm still trying to pin down exactly what Blatter is blamed for and what will change.
There's lingering anger about the women's World Cup being played on plastic in Canada and Blatter didn't win himself a lot of friends in the West by saying (years ago) that women should play in tighter shorts or that gays should abstain from sex in Qatar. Blatter for a long time has been pretending that there's no problem or down-playing the corruption issues, especially around the appointment of Eckert and the blocking of the Garcia report. Standing for a fifth term in office does make it sound like everything is going swimmingly and yet the image of the game and the organisation is at an all time low.
One of the things the Germans are in a huff about is the one-member-one-vote system whereby Montserrat gets as much say about FIFA things as Germany or the US. Whether this facilitates the kind of deals that the International Whaling Commission is also notorious for, with small nations auctioning their votes to the highest bidder, is open to debate. Blatter has definitely aligned himself with the push to include the smaller nations in committees and panels and has been very successful at getting re-elected.
But you're right. Things aren't necessarily going to change for the better.