An outspoken critic of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, footballing legend Diego Maradona was always going to comment on today’s high profile arrests in Zurich.
Maradona has previously branded Blatter a dictator and abused the politician three days ago ahead of what was expected to be another presidential election win on Friday.
That election may now be postponed.
In an article published by the Telegraph last Sunday, Maradona wrote: “The media is filled with stories on the string of scandals that have surrounded Blatter for well over a decade. There are so many, it has almost become boring to repeat them.
“Who would be surprised by another bit of Fifa intrigue and larceny, another accusation of bribery?
“When I ask why so many people think Blatter will make it yet again, the answer is always the same: He has won support with years of unethical patronage, favours and handouts.
“No one has argued that he is the best man for the job and deserves to win. They “praise” him for keeping one step ahead of the investigators – whether they are auditors or the FBI – and ignore how Fifa finances have turned into a shambles with losses over $100 million (£65 million) alone at ISL, the Swiss marketing company closely associated to Fifa.
“There is a sick admiration for Blatter much like that accorded to an old Mafia boss who has somehow managed to stay out of jail.
“Blatter’s political history is one of promoting division and hiding failures.
Recently he pledged to follow through in addressing racism in football and promoting women in the sport. That made me laugh. My question is: “Sepp, what were you doing in your last four terms?”
Blatter has not yet been arrested despite there apparently being an FBI investigation against him. A lot of journalists and politicians have actually vouched for Blatter, claiming that, in their dealings with him, he has never appeared corrupt.
Today, on his Facebook page, Maradona posted a picture of Blatter in the aftermath of the scandal with translations for one word: Thief. We’re sure he had to fight hard to stop himself from using a harsher description.
There’s plenty more to run in the most controversial story in football.