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How to be successful – The Sepp Blatter story (Part One)

If Sepp had his way, they’d all look like this

Stockings and suspenders

In these trying financial times, it’s important that children get an education that stretches beyond the national curriculum. It’s not all about dotting the correct “i” and crossing the necessary “t” any more, kids. You need to find a role model away from the classroom to show you how to make it in the unforgiving job market.

And who better than the President of Fifa himself – Sepp Blatter?

In Part One of a series that might even stretch to a Part Two, the focus is all about having the correct attitude towards the fairer sex. Sepp showed a flair for this when he became the president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders in 1971.

As outlined on his Wikipedia page, Mr Blatter - along with a small like-minded group of middle-aged men with sexual fetishes - was so outraged by the rise of new, less sexy undergarments, that he went about forming a mob to protest against “women replacing suspender belts with pantyhose”. The “World Society” consisted of 120 members from 16 different countries, all united by their rage against tights.

It was a period that marked his keen abilities to preside over important global issues, and clearly came as valuable experience for the man who now pulls the various strings that make world football tick.

Of course, now you’re thinking “but come on, Sepp must have changed since those early days?”

Perhaps this quote from 2004 about women’s football and hotpants will answer that one:

“They could, for example, have tighter shorts.”

“Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men – such as playing with a lighter ball.”

“That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?”

Next time, “How to always say the right thing – the Sepp Blatter way.”

Until then.


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