The Woman Who Makes Blatter Tremble

Loretta LynchLoretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General, says Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung on May 30. And BBC News reports on May 29:

…After years of investigating, she stood up at a press conference in New York and boldly accused FIFA officials of “abusing their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.” It was an extraordinary blow against an organization that is alleged to have got away with bribery and corruption for more than two decades.

“The pantheon of world soccer has a new hero,” said Politico’s Tunku Varadarajan. “To the names of Pele, Maradona, Cruyff and Messi, add another: Loretta Lynch. The U.S. attorney general, confirmed by the Senate just three weeks ago by the most un-soccer-like score of 56-43, is destined to go down as the most consequential woman in the history of the game.”


8 responses to “The Woman Who Makes Blatter Tremble

  1. FIFA has a distinct lack of Blatter control.


    Headline of the year award!
    The next one might be, given other investingations ongoing “Can FIFA retain its Blatter?”, “Will FIFA lose its Blatter?”, “Can FIFA hold onto its Blatter?”,
    “Has FIFA lost Blatter control?”…..

  3. elizabethecker

    Excuse my ignorance, but what or who is Blatter?

  4. Herr Blatter is, Mrs Ecker, the recently re-elected head of FIFA, the institution that governs soccer worldwide. He is accused of being corrupt.

    I have enjoyed the puns that play on the similarity of his name to a certain English word. Can someone who regularly reads the German press (Eric?), say if there is also pun-potential in the German meaning of his name? Is it time for FIFA to turn over a new leaf?

    • Sorry, Tim, I have not seen any Blatter-puns in the German press, and can’t think of any myself.


    Blatter depleted, shuts down, before forced removal. Lynch digests victory!

  6. elizabethecker

    Thank you Tim. I have been away from internet and radio. I enjoyed my isolation, but I missed the important fuss over FIFA. I am well informed now.