Last Man Standing


Presidential contenders Blatter and Cameroon's Hayatou

To hear Joseph "Sepp" Blatter — president of FIFA, global football's governing body — talk, it's a Shakespearean tale of treachery between two Swiss countrymen, the tragic story of a young man who turned on his mentor. Earlier this month Michel Zen-Ruffinen — FIFA general secretary, Blatter's deputy and former protégé — presented a 30-page document to FIFA's executive committee accusing his boss of mismanagement, financial improprieties and manipulating the FIFA network "to the benefit of third parties and his personal interests." The document, which also alleges that some of Blatter's actions may have broken the law, comes after years of...

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