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Sure FIFA Is A Stinking Bed Of Corruption But Where’s The Evidence?

by | 29th, May 2011

HATS off to Mohamed bin Hammam who has bravely, selfishly, and, dare it go unsaid, honourably, withdrawn from the FIFA presidential race moments before the election. It thus follows that in a field on one, noble Sepp Blatter will be re-elected as the FIFA president.

He will be the head of a grandiose body that promises:

For the Game. For the World.

The world is a place rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity, but also one where many are still deprived of their basic rights. FIFA now has an even greater responsibility to reach out and touch the world, using football as a symbol of hope and integration.

Hands up who wants to be touched by FIFA?

Blatter may ever add to a role of honour that is beyond parody:

Over the course of his varied career, Joseph S. Blatter has received many awards and distinctions:

  • The Olympic Order
  • Honorary member of the Swiss Football Association
  • Numerous awards from clubs, national associations and confederations
  • A knighthood (with the title of Dato’) from the Sultanate of Pahang
  • The ‘Order of Good Hope’, awarded by the Republic of South Africa
  • ‘Order of Independence (1st class)’ of Jordan
  • ‘Grand Cordon du Wissam Alaouite’ of Morocco
  • ‘Medalla al Mérito Deportivo of Bolivia.
  • ‘Grand Cordon de l’Ordre de la République Tunisienne’ of Tunisia
  • ‘International Humanitarian of the Year’ as well as the ‘Golden Charter of Peace and Humanitarianism’ from the International Humanitarian League for Peace and Tolerance
  • Recipient of the ‘American Global Award for Peace’
  • Recipient of the Rank of Grand Officer of Wissam Al Arch (Morocco)
  • Recipient of the UEFA Order of Merit in Diamond
  • Recipient of the Award of Merit from Yemen
  • Knight of the French Legion of Honour
  • Recipient of the ‘Order of the Two Niles’ from Sudan
  • Honoured in Djibouti as a ‘Commandeur de L’Ordre National du 27 Juin 1977’
  • Supreme companion of ‘Tambo’ of President of the Republic of South Africa: Thabo Mbeki
  • Ordre de la Médaille de la Reconnaissance ‘Commander Grade’ on behalf of the prime minister of the Central African Republic Célestin Leroy Gaoumbalet
  • Honorary Doctor of Arts, De Montfort University (Leicester)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth
  • Honorary Citizenship in Visp (hometown, Switzerland)
  • Honorary member of Real Madrid
  • Recipient of the ‘Tenth Anniversary Soccerex Merit Award’
  • Recipient of the ‘AFC Diamond of Asia Award’ 2006
  • Order of the National Olympic Committee
  • ‘Prince Yaroslav the Wise’ Order V grade in Ukraine
  • Order of ‘Dustlik’ (Friendship) in Uzbekistan
  • ‘Danaker’ in Kyrgyzstan
  • ‘Crown of Peace’ in India
  • Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa of the International Univerity in Geneva
  • Order of Francisco de Miranda First Class, Palace Miraflores, Venezuela 2007, received from Hugo Chavez President of the Republic of Venezuela
  • Diploma of Honorary Doctor of the Azerbaijan State Academy of physical culture and sport
  • Honor Diploma from Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan Republic President
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree of Business Administration in Sport Management, Bangkok
  • Honorary Citizen by Governor of Bangkok Apirak Kosayothin
  • Bahrain Medal of the First Degree
  • Honorary Membership of Swiss Olympic Association
  • Best World Sports award from the Graduate School of Business Administration of Zurich 2008
  • The ‘Wissam Al-Qods (Order Jerusalem)’ distinction, presented by H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Davos Crystal for outstanding service and achievement in sport
  • Japan’s ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’
  • ‘Dostik’ Order from the President of the Kazakhstan Republic, Nursultan Abish-uly Nazarbayev
  • Recipient of the ‘Dove of Geneva’
  • “Golden Key

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