Former FIFA VP calls Sepp Blatter a ‘little brat’

A former FIFA vice president has called Sepp Blatter, the

president of soccer’s governing body, a ”little brat” who rules

dictatorially.

Chung Mong-joon made the criticism in a memoir published in

South Korea last week, titled ”My Challenge, My Enthusiasm.”

Chung had been regarded as a candidate to succeed Blatter as FIFA

president before being defeated for re-election this year in a vote

by Asia’s governing body.

The book reached stores as Blatter prepared to present detailed

anti-corruption reforms in October after a year of scandal.

”President Blatter is fluent in five languages, has a good way

with words and is intelligent … but I think he is not an

international gentleman and he is like a little brat,” Chung said

in the book.

Chung, who served as a FIFA vice president for 16 years, accused

Blatter of trying to usurp the authority of FIFA’s executive

committee with his proposal to create an oversight, anti-corruption

panel that could include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry

Kissinger and opera singer Placido Domingo.

”(The FIFA) executive committee is an independent organ aimed

at performing the roles of ‘checks and balance’ to prevent the

president from going beyond his own authority. Blatter is now

attempting to take away the power of the executive committee and

neutralize any effort to check his power,” Chung wrote. ”It’s a

similar scheme that so many dictators have used in world

history.”

Chung also said that Blatter had unsuccessfully made a series of

unrealistic proposals, such as holding the World Cup every two

years rather than every four and moving the goalposts to help allow

more scores.

”Those proposals … only triggered unnecessary friction and

confusion,” he wrote.

FIFA said Monday it would not comment on Chung’s memoir.

Blatter has long been a magnet for criticism, but the

75-year-old was elected unopposed this year to a fourth term as

FIFA president. His only challenger, Mohamed bin Hammam, withdrew

on the eve of the vote amid allegations that he tried to bribe

Caribbean voters in his campaign to unseat Blatter. Bin Hammam has

denied the charges.

FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, and two other FIFA executive

members, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, were suspended after

allegations of corruption. Warner then resigned.

Blatter told The Associated Press late last month he will

announce his reform agenda after an executive committee meeting

Oct. 20-21.

Last month, European Club Association Chairman Karl-Heinz

Rummenigge called on Blatter to introduce reforms in FIFA or risk

the fate of toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Blatter later

said he had made peace with Rummenigge.

Chung, a senior South Korean lawmaker and billionaire

businessman, had long headed the country’s soccer association and

was a key factor in helping South Korea land the right to co-host

the 2002 World Cup with Japan. He is contemplating a run for South

Korean president next year.

Chung’s late father, Chung Ju-yung, founded the Hyundai

conglomerate – a top-tier FIFA sponsor – and ran unsuccessfully for

president of South Korea in 1992. The younger Chung was also a

national presidential candidate in 2002.