Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Fifa's president dictator Sepp Blatter meets Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe

Fifa's president Sepp Blatter meets Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe

Sepp Blatter and Robert Mugabe 

Sepp Blatter's decision to meet the Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe has raised eyebrows. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Fifa's Sepp Blatter met the Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, for talks on Monday after the head of world football arrived for a two-day visit to a country where the game is mired in a match-fixing controversy.
Blatter, who arrived in Harare on a private jet, inspected training facilities that urgently need funding amid Zimbabwe's troubled economy, and pledged $1m (£620,575) over four years for football schemes in the country. Another $500,000 (£310,300) will be provided to support training under Fifa's worldwide Goal project.
"Football is more than kicking a ball," Blatter said at a news conference. "I do not come to Africa to impose European football, I respect particularities and culture. Africa has more talent than Brazil but Africa's talent is not yet developed."
Blatter had been scheduled to accompany Mugabe to a women's international match against Malawi, but officials said later that Mugabe did not attend because of a scheduling conflict.


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