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Exorcising Fifa

This week's BBC Panorama documentary alleged what many have long suspected: corruption at the heart of Fifa. It’s time to exorcise the devils from global football’s governing body

By David Goldblatt   December 2010

Hear no evil: Sepp Blatter at a press conference this summer. Photo: Marcello Casal Jr./ABr

There is precious little to admire about Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa, football’s international governing body, but one does have to admire his front. Responding to the Sunday Times sting—which revealed in October that two members of Fifa’s executive committee were prepared to trade money for votes in the bidding competition to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups—Blatter defended his patch, claiming, “Our society is full of devils, and these devils, you find them in football.” Maybe, but you really don’t have to look…

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