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Jun 3, 2015

FIFA Without Sepp Blatter – What Does It Mean for Belizean Football?

Sepp Blatter

Newly re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter shocked the football world on Tuesday when he announced his resignation amid massive corruption scandals within the international governing body.  Blatter’s departure will not come into effect until early 2016, at which time a successor should have been named to lead the embattled organization.  One executive who voted for Blatter on the platform that he would assist in the development of football in Belize is F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente.  While Blatter’s notice came just four days after his victory over the Prince of Jordan, we asked Vicente earlier today what the untimely resignation means for football locally.  Vicente acknowledges that Blatter’s exit will not affect the status quo.


Ruperto Vicente, President, Football Federation of Belize

“Reflecting on what President Blatter said when he won the elections is that he was going to take responsibility, you know, for what goes on in FIFA since most people or most countries wanted him to take the responsibility.  He declared that he was going to take the responsibility.  He also declared that we need to take back FIFA, we need to rescue FIFA and so we voted on that fact.  So I voted on the fact, as I said before, that he was into development and as a developing nation and we developing in football, we also needed support in development.  And I also said that I voted for President Blatter giving him the opportunity and the burden on him to clean up FIFA.  Now when I said clean up I didn’t know that the clean up would have started with him.  So I believe, looking at what is going on, that he had done the honorable thing of resigning and allowing someone else to move on with the organization.  FIFA needs to move on, football is the most powerful sport in the world and the most popular so FIFA needs to move on with the sport.”



“Sir what happens now that the reasons you voted for him are now in the trash because he has now resigned?  What is our position at this time and how will his stepping down affect football here in respect of our goals and how does that fit in with FIFA’s agenda?”


Ruperto Vicente

Ruperto Vicente

“What has happened will not affect football development in any country.  We will continue to get FIFA’s support in football development.  Remember the policies have been laid out and so those people who are, or the professionals who are at FIFA, they are the ones who are going to carry out that policy.  So we are not going to be affected in any way at all when it comes to development.  We will continue to get that support from FIFA.”



“Sir, is there any sort of, as far as you are aware, persons who, in Belize, who are in Belizean football who are satisfied that he has made this decision; those persons who may have disagreed with you in the decision to vote for him in the first place?”


Ruperto Vicente

“Well, you know, in any situation, and in any election there are going to be those who support and those who oppose and so that is given, that’s a part of life and so I have to respect that.  So yes there are going to be people who are pleased that President Blatter is gone and there are going to be those who are sad that he left, you know, but I believe that in all of this decision that he has made it is going to be good for FIFA as an organization.”

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