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Blatter to stand again

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It's no great surprise to hear that Sepp Blatter is to stand again as President of Fifa.  Nevertheless, football fans broke open the champagne  and danced in the streets as they heard that their hero would be continuing his blend of high quality decision-making with being a scourge against corruption in the world governing body.   Without Blatter we may never have got the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!

There is some opposition this time, but there has been opposition before.  It has even been suggested, no doubt unfairly, that poorer countries are influenced in their voting by the largesse that comes their way from Fifa.   This is, of course, simply motivated by principles of equity and redistribution.