Online poll: Most think FIFA's problems go beyond Blatter

More than three-quarters of the respondents to a online poll who did not respond “I don’t really care” said the resignation of FIFA’s Sepp Blatter would not or would likely not clean up the organization that has been beset with allegations of corruption for many years. 

FIFA, of which Blatter has been president for 17 years, is the world governing body of football/soccer. 

On June 2, Blatter said he would resign as president of the embattled organization once his successor could be named, which would be sometime between December of this year and March of 2016. The resignation came just days after he was re-elected for a fifth four-year term, which came just two days after seven current or former high-ranking FIFA officials – including Cayman Islands citizen and FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb – were arrested in Switzerland on various U.S. racketeering and corruption charges. All of those arrested are awaiting extradition to the United States to face trial. 

Most of the 463 respondents to the one-week online poll do not think Blatter’s resignation will clean up FIFA. The largest segment – 204 people or 44.1 percent – said the organization is a deeply rooted network that cannot be easily untangled. 

“It takes two sides – the side of FIFA and the side of the companies or countries making the bribes,” said one person. “The companies and countries are hard to pin down.” 

“The fact that is has been going on for so long and has spread so wide and so deep [means] it will take a long time to clean up,” said someone else. 

Another 17.7 percent – 82 people – said Blatter’s resignation was largely symbolic, so it was unlikely to clean up the organization. 

“Blatter has bought votes for years and these remain, so son of Blatter can take over,” said one respondent. 

Forty-five people – 9.7 percent – thought the resignation might clean up FIFA since the U.S. attorney general was probing the alleged corruption. 

“It might clean up FIFA, but it won’t clean up football corruption in the Cayman Islands,” said one person. 

Another 47 people – 10.1 percent – thought the resignation would help clean up FIFA immensely.  

“Blatter leaving was a requirement,” said one respondent. “You have to cut off the head of the snake to kill it.” 

“The buck stops with him,” agreed someone else. 

“It was done under his watch,” said another person. “If he did not know about it, then he was incompetent. If he did … well, what more can be said?” 

Eighty-five people – 18.4 percent – responded “I don’t really care” to the question. 

“What’s done is done and what’s going to happen is going to happen,” said one person. “Corruption is all around us and if you take one snake out, another comes into replace it.”  

“It’s a cycle that none of us is going to stop,” said another person. 

“Money they love, so pay for it by going to jail will they,” said one Yoda-esque response. 

“Will it prompt Alden to fix the dump?” asked one person. “No? Then why should anyone care?” 

Next week’s poll question 

What’s your opinion of the proposed cruise ship dock? 

  • It’s critical to Cayman’s future 
  • It’s important, but not vital 
  • We don’t really need it 
  • We don’t need it at all 
  • I don’t know. 

To participate in this poll, visit starting June 22.