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Der Standard - Austria | 17/07/2014

Florian Scheuba calls for blue helmets in Fifa headquarters

With Sepp Blatter in charge Fifa is a multi-criminal band that behaves like an occupying power, satirist Florian Scheuba complains after the World Cup in the left-liberal daily Standard. He proposes a UN mission aimed at putting an end to the football association's rule: "No doubt there are some decent people at Fifa who are held hostage by the corrupt elite. An untenable situation, to end which we should follow the example of Fifa itself. During the tournament it essentially establishes its own state territory within the host country in which the laws (on taxes, free trade, entering a country) cease to apply. It acts like an occupying power. Seen from this perspective the appropriate course of action would be to strip Fifa of its assets and have peacekeeping forces take over its headquarters in Zurich. The humanitarian character of such a mission would be beyond doubt, given that it should be seen as a liberation of hostages in the course which not just incorruptible Fifa employees are set free, but also football itself."

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