Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Blatter Rips English 'Idiots' in New Coe Book
AP, October 31st, 2012 7:08PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, fifa, world cup 2022


According to Sebastian Coe's new book, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has ''always had a problem'' with English soccer, which he once described as being ''run by idiots."

Coe, the former Olympic gold medalist, headed the London Olympics, worked with Blatter as chairman of FIFA's ethics committee and worked England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

''From his perspective, it's not hard to understand,'' Coe writes in an excerpt published by The Times of London. ''As president of an international federation, he sees the unwillingness of English clubs to release players for international duty. He sees the purchasing power of the English game -- big-name clubs buying up players from all over the world. And he sees a national federation that, at the time of the bid, had no chairman or chief executive. And then he sees our press, permanently focusing on his organization.''

Coe said the England World Cup bid was wrecked by a lack of leadership and what he described as its dysfunctionality. Blatter went further.

''Your game is run by idiots. It's not run by bright people,'' Coe recalls Blatter once saying to him, without naming any individuals.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Chandler Could Return to Training Next Week     
U.S. international Timothy Chandler is set to return to Nurnberg team training in 10 days, ESPN ...
Garcia: Roma's Scudetto Dream Not Over    
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia says that he has not given up hope on the Scudetto ...
Giroud Honors Hillsborough Victims     
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud paid tribute to the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster after scoring ...
PSG President: Blanc Has My Full Support    
Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims that coach Laurent Blanc has his "full support" amid recent ...
Donovan Opens Up About Aging    
Speaking at a promotional event for Samsung, U.S. men's national team midfielder Landon Donovan opened up ...
Dortmund Blanks Wolfsburg German Cup Semi    
Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday reached its sixth German Cup final, beating Wolfsburg 2-0 thanks to goals ...
Candidate: FIFA Must Close Inequality Gap    
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne believes soccer's world governing body should do more to tackle inequality ...
Report: Man City the World's Best Paid Team    
Manchester City's first team is apparently the best-paid in world sports, according to a new report ...
Vice President Biden to Attend World Cup    
The World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States on Monday as part ...
Beckham's Stadium Plan Runs into Opposition    
David Beckham's plan to build a waterfront stadium to house his new MLS franchise in PortMiami ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives