Sepp Blatter says the English are bad losers

Them’s fightin’ words. You wanna t’row hands, Sepp?


FIFA prez Sepp Blatter has countered claims football’s governing body is riddled with corruption by suggesting the English are bad losers with a particularly severe case of sour grapes.

Joseph announced yesterday:

To be honest, I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat.

England, of all people, the motherland of fair play ideas. [Erm, when was that decided?]

Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers. You can’t come afterwards and say ‘so and so promised to vote for England’. The results are known. The outcome came out clearly.

On Qatar, the 74-year-old said:

I really sense in some reactions a bit of the arrogance of the Western world of Christian background.

Some simply can’t bear it if others get a chance for a change.

What can be wrong if we start football in regions where this sport demonstrates a potential which goes far beyond sport?

And corruption:

There is no systematic corruption in FIFA. That is nonsense.

We are financially clean and clear.

We need to improve our image. We also need to clarify some things within FIFA.

Readers – your thoughts?

4 responses so far
  • James // December 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

    He kinda has a point. Football in England is pretty developed, almost too developed looking at the Premier League’s strength in the world. Maybe someone else should get a chance?

  • G // December 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Absolutely agree with Sepp. Why should the WC be replayed again and again in the same countries? Let’s see what the others can do… The stadiums proposed from Qatar look amazing

  • R2Dad // December 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Bwahaha! No corruption? Yer killin’ me, Blatter. Improve your image? It’s the content, not the pretty packaging, that has gotten people so worked up. Pity nothing about giving new countries a chance was mentioned BEFORE awarding the bid to Russia and Qatar. In the past it’s been all about who could put on the best World Cup for the fans, not which country will win Sepp Blatter a Nobel Prize for humanitarian work. So, ignoring history and any practical reasons for choosing a host, yeah, Blatter could have chosen Iceland, Qatar, Haiti or a million other small countries that don’t have the infrastructure, history, or competitive football team to properly host this event. As far as the comment about Christianity, that is a lame sop to your Middle East friends who bribed most members of FIFA to land 2022. But, I have to hand it to Blatter–no one is talking about goal line technology or using the 4th official to review instant replays anymore.

  • Josie // December 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    There may be some sour grapes with the Brits, but I doubt FIFA is free of corruption.

    Regarding Qatar: Well I still think that place is too hot for football.

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