Friday, February 22, 2008

UEFA, FIFA, FFK; Fun with Acronyms!

Let's see if FIFA will put their money where their giant, vacuum-shaped mouth is. They've been defending the game these past few weeks from the insidious, anti-nation-state neoliberal slash and burn ideology propagated by third-rate technocrats like Richard Scudamore. Blatter's stance: national football associations must enjoy a level of autonomy (some would see this as protectionism) from the incursions of larger, older, and vastly richer leagues from the most powerful nations in Europe.

So what will FIFA make of Kosovo's recent move for independence from larger, older Serbia? As pointed out in a great post on Gramsci's Kingdom, support either from UEFA or FIFA for the inclusion of the FFK is unlikely, mostly having to do with the fact the UN won't recognize Kosovo's independence anytime soon. While pointing out FIFA's hypocrisy is like shooting fish in a thimble-sized barrel, it's a bit rich that Blatter and Platini will scold Richard Scudamore for lording his Premier League money-machine over struggling third-world associations while at the same time fence-sit on recognition for a country that has in footballing terms the strength and organization and now the national boundaries to sport its own national side.

Of course, at the end of the day it's about money and power. But if Blatter and Platini really believed their own champagne socialist rhetoric about protecting the little guy, the stage is set for what could be a genuinely ballsy move to recognize the FFK. After all, it's only football. Right?

1 comment:

Georgina Best said...

It sometimes strikes me that football is like one big soap opera. Every drama needs a buffoon with power beyond their deserving. Football seems to have plenty of them.
Mr Blatter has clearly learned his part well.