SI Writer Wants To Run FIFA

02.17.11 8 years ago

UPDATE: There’s a Facebook page for Grant’s “candidacy” now. Hey, it worked for Betty White.

International soccer has a “Blatter infection,” and Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl believes that he has the cure. Wahl, a guy with whom we’ve spoken and whose views we enjoyed during the recent World Cup, has put together a fun video declaring his intention to assume the presidency of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.

Wahl is “campaigning” against current FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is up for re-election despite grumblings of possible corruption, which best explains how a small, wealthy country like Qatar could possibly have been awarded the 2022 World Cup. But you, dear soccer fan, can’t vote for Wahl; he simply has to be nominated by a member country before the April 1 deadline, which may or may not be ironic.

Wahl promises to add instant replay to World Cup matches, diversity to FIFA’s board, and orange wedges during meetings. And then he awkwardly attempts to shake hands with people in midtown Manhattan. “Congratulations,” one guy says as he shakes hands with Grant without breaking stride. You can watch the video after the jump.

Where’s your hat, Grant? It’s cold outside.


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