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Reform Starts at the Top for FIFA

Tom Fox | December 23, 2015

You might think in this day and age, such a sentiment would be so well worn that you need not repeat it. Yet, tone at the top of an organization really does matter. If an organization is permeated by corruption it is either because the top management participated in the actions or were so jaundiced, they kept their eyes tightly shuttered and allowed it to occur over years and perhaps even decades.

I thought about this as I watched the sad spectacle of the disgraced former head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, announce he was going to fight the eight-year suspension announced by FIFA’s ethics committee earlier this week. Recognizing that an eight-year ban was in effect a lifetime suspension for the 79 year old Blatter, he announced in a press conference that,“Now I am fighting.”

Blatter seems to have absolutely no remorse for either the endemic corruption that appears to have been rampant in the organization he ran since 1998. He even failed to acknowledge anything in the...

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