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Oceania Need More Respect: Blatter

Sepp Blatter had no sooner been returned as president of FIFA during a controversy-filled week when he took time last Saturday to thank his friends in the most remote and
01 Jun 2015 09:27
Oceania Need More  Respect: Blatter

Sepp Blatter had no sooner been returned as president of FIFA during a controversy-filled week when he took time last Saturday to thank his friends in the most remote and smallest of the six international football confederations.

“We need more respect for the Oceania confederation,” Blatter said not long after winning election for a fifth term at the Zurich congress. And the 79-year-old Blatter made another reference to the 11 voting members of the Oceania group spread across the South Pacific.

It came during a tumultuous week for Blatter after police, acting on instruction from U.S. and Swiss judicial officials, arrested senior FIFA officials and others on corruption and racketeering charges.

Last Saturday’s presidential voting involved all 209 member countries. Africa had 54 votes, Europe had 53, Asia 46 votes, North and Central America and the Caribbean 35 votes, Oceania 11 votes and South America 10. So Oceania, a confederation with very little international football pedigree, had one more vote than a conference representing powerhouse South American teams like Brazil and Argentina.

The Oceania confederation announced in January and again last month that it would be supporting Blatter, as it has done consistently through his terms. However, New Zealand changed its mind after the FIFA arrests. New Zealand’s closest neighbors, Asia confederation members Australia, also voted against Blatter.



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