By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
It’s been a rough year for the president of soccer’s international governing body. First, US and Swiss officials opened criminal proceedings against multiple subordinates on bribery, rackateering and other charges. Then, Blatter himself was brought under investigation and subsequently suspended by the FIFA ethics committee for 90 days.
Did Blatter deserve to have these charges brought against him? Probably. One town in England however, is taking the punishment for Blatter one step further. They’re going to burn the FIFA president in effigy.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society of Kent, England will be taking an effigy of Sepp Blatter to the torch on November 7th at 6:30 pm. The group does this as part of a yearly event that helps to raise money for local charities. Why do they do this every year? Glad you asked. Directly from the website:
“Our annual Bonfire Night celebration is held on the nearest Saturday to 5th November (the date of the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605) and is by far and above the biggest event in the Edenbridge calendar.”
Blatter was chosen from among a group of 17 celebrities that included Russian president Vladimir Putin, US GOP candidate Donald Trump, singer Justin Bieber and English prime minister David Cameron. The Society has previously burned Tony Blair, Lance Armstrong and Saddam Hussein as a part of this event.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.