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12 October, 2005 - Published 11:13 GMT
Blatter blasts football's new money men
The head of the governing body for world football has made strong negative comments about the state of the game. Sepp Blatter says that if nothing is done, the future of the game will be threatened. This report from Stephen Evans:
Sepp Blatter runs the body that runs global football. What he says counts - and what he says is scathing, particularly about the super-rich individuals who are buying big clubs single-handedly.
He feels that the game's now like what he calls a "wild-west style of capitalism". He contrasts the haves and the have-nots in football. Money is scarce at the grass-roots while a few clubs are richer than ever before. He says the source of the rich clubs' wealth is often, as he puts it, "individuals with little or no history of interest in the game.
"Having set foot in the sport seemingly out of nowhere", he continues, "they proceed to throw pornographic amounts of money at it. What they do not understand is that football is more about grass roots than idols; more about giving entertainment and hope to the many than bogus popularity to the few."
And he concludes: "if nothing is done, this new money could suffocate a sport that has 1.3 billion active followers around the world."
Stephen Evans, BBC
What he says counts
a "wild-west style of capitalism"
contrasts the haves and the have-nots
Money is scarce at the grass-roots
set foot in
seemingly out of nowhere
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