Saturday 17 February 2018

'FIFA holds its head in shame again' - Gary Lineker responds to Fifa's suspension of Blatter and Platini

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini, together with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, were provisionally suspended for 90 days by the world governing body's ethics committee on Thursday.

The news spread quickly across Twitter, with sportsmen, journalists and comedians among those offering their verdicts on the trio's downfall.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the best tweets.

Former England striker Gary Lineker reacted sharply, scribbling a pithy ode in honour of National Poetry Day.

@GaryLineker - "Blatter and Platini banned from the game...FIFA, once more, holds its head in shame. #NationalPoetryDay"

Comedian David Schneider connected the story to the north-east's current football crisis.

@davidschneider - "Blatter and Platini banned from all footballing activity for 90 days, a punishment already being served by Sunderland and Newcastle."

Those in the media were primed to publish their own analogies, and predictions for the future of FIFA.

@_PaulHayward - "Sepp Blatter is starting to look like David Brent turning up at Wernham Hogg long after he's been fired. Everyone look at their shoes..."

@richard_conway - "Klaus Stohlker, friend to Sepp Blatter, tells me: "Blatter has for 90 days been put on the touchline" but "he will have the final word.""

@owen_g (Owen Gibson) - "Those brave reformers Issa Hayatou and Angel Maria Villar Llona are next in line to take charge. A new era awaits!"

@mrdanwalker - "The 3 most powerful men, in the world's biggest sport, banned! #FIFA"

@siwardsport (Simon Ward) - "Will the last person running international football please turn out the lights? #fifa #uefa

@Cflanaganfft (Chris Flanagan) - "Step forward David Ginola. The FIFA presidency is yours..."

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole knows who he wants to see replace Blatter.

@vancole9 - "Blatter suspended.. Step forward David Gill #fifa"

@joefooty (Joe Morrison) - "Blatter Platini and Valcke have all been suspended by @FIFAcom for 90 days - I agree with @vancole9 David Gill would be a good candidate"

@tracey_crouch (Tracey Crouch MP) - "Pleased to see ethics committee suspend Blatter. His time at the top is up. He should resign now and let real reform at #FIFA begin"

@danroan - "Big questions for FA today, now Platini - the man it wanted to replace Blatter - has been banned, ending his election hopes."

@pkelso (Paul Kelso) - "Highly unlikely that Platini will be permitted to stand in FIFA presidential election despite submitting nominations before ban 1/2"

"2/2 That looks a tactical move by Platini. Electoral committee will make decision following Oct 26 deadline"

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