When FIFA’s corruption scandals first erupted in May, there were calls by some in Europe to end the organization as we know it. To save football, Europe needs to break away, they said.
As long as Sepp Blatter remains at the helm of world soccer’s governing body, no substantial reforms can take place. Africa and Asia are responsible for propping up Blatter, the argument went.
So, the only way to remove his stranglehold on the global game is to have its economic powerhouse, Europe, extricate itself from his influence.