After saying on Monday that there was no crisis, he now promises "radical decisions" -- the most important change is giving the 208 national federations more power to pick the World Cup host. He also promised to impose a zero-tolerance stance against corruption.
That's like your boss eating the last piece of office cake and then declaring that no more cake is allowed in the office.
• Late yesterday,the acting CONCACAF chief, Lisle Austin, fired general secretary of the federation, Chuck Blazer.
It was then revealed that Austin didn't have the power to fire Blazer. So... yeah. It's confusing. Basically: According to Blazer, CONCACAF president Jack Warner and FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam tried to buy votes for today's presidential election.
• According to the Telegraph,
• And then...the German Federation has requested an inquiry into Qatar to determine how/why the tiny nation actually was awarded the 2022 World Cup.
That's a potential black hole right there.
• And, perhaps, my favorite piece on the entire debacle comes from The Guardian:Fifa is no 'world governing body,' just a squalid cartel.
The money line:
Blatter, who feasts on the adulation of world leaders, has the cheek to warn them to stay out of his business and that of "the family". Only the Swiss authorities might be smirking, with another advertisement for their lax regulation and scope for tax avoidance and corruption that has made them an entrepot for the world's funny money. Blatter may struggle in a reputable corporate climate. As the limousines draw up at Wednesday's meeting, bystanders might wonder if next to arrive is Don Corleone.
Really, the Champions League Final deserved a much better epilogue than this.
Let's get back to actual real soccer coverage, all right?
• It's June. Livestrong Sporting Park opens next week.
• Sporting Kansas City unveiled its grand-opening plans for LSP yesterday.It's gonna be a full day out there on June 9th.
•The club got a chance to play at LSP last night.
• Tough loss for KC's next opponent asToronto's MVP and key defender Adrian Cann is out for the season.
•Congratulations to former KC defender Jimmy Conrad on the birth of his second daughter.
He was also cleared to retake the field last week after missing two months due to a concussion.
•New England's Shalrie Joseph has declined Grenada's call-up for the Gold Cup,
claiming the Revs need him more.
•The Houston Dynamo brought in Spanish forward Koke during the offseason and he's gone by June 1.
He informed the team on Saturday that he wanted out, they asked him to stay, but he wasn't having it.
• Well, at least you can still play onthis field