Friday 2 December 2016

Blatter may be going but his way of doing business is entrenched in Fifa

Daniel Finkelstein

Published 04/06/2015 | 02:30

Sepp Blatter in 2007
Sepp Blatter in 2007
People read the local newspaper front pages showing pictures of FIFA's Sepp Blatter in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The disgraced Fifa president, like former US president Lyndon Johnson, personifies a way of doing business that's hard to stamp out.

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To understand Fifa and the resignation of Sepp Blatter, let's start in the Texas hill country.

If you lived there in the 1930s, you did the ironing with an iron. A six or seven pound wedge of iron. Washing was hard work, but nothing could ever be as hard as ironing. The effort of the pressing was one thing, but there was keeping the soot from the fire off the clothes, there was coping with the burns and the blisters. And worst of all, the heat. In summer, the heat while ironing was insufferable.

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