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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 16/07/2012

Best Fifa reform would be Blatter's resignation

The president of football association Fifa, Sepp Blatter, has implied that Germany paid for the privilege of hosting the World Cup 2006. The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung calls for a thorough investigation of all Fifa's connections and sees Blatter's resignation as a possibility: "What went on behind the scenes in 2000 - when Germany was given the World Cup - needs to be clarified now. … There were indeed surprising sports and economic deals in and between countries whose votes were important for Germany's bid to host the competition. But it's also indisputable that with its lax competition rules for awarding World Cups to hosts, Fifa provides a breeding ground for corruption. … So it seems all the more absurd that Blatter's new reformer Mark Pieth is still conveying the impression that the whole swamp can be drained with committees and new rules. The compliance expert from Basel is still backing Blatter - the man who made the reform necessary in the first place. … Yet it is in Pieth's power to make a truly drastic change - by resigning his job with Fifa. This would leave Blatter with no alternative but to do something that is long overdue: resign."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 06/02/2006

The Stasi and doping in sport

Thomas Kistner examines why German sport is repeatedly caught up in doping scandals and Stasi file affairs. "The history of the German Democratic Republic has been sufficiently researched and analysed... but as far as sport was concerned, nothing of vital importance ever turned up, despite there being literally tons of Stasi files on its protagonists. And then a Stasi sport commission that has been twiddling its thumbs for eleven years suddenly discovers that ice-skating trainer Ingo Steuer used to be one of the organisation's top informants and was therefore unsuited for the task of training young athletes. The Ice-skating Association did as requested and appointed Monika Scheibe, whose Stasi files were just as thick – deception, cheating, lies. These are the foundations that the control state's leading sport was built on. Those who didn't cooperate with the Stasi were implicated in doping affairs – this double conspiracy distinguished sport from all other sections of social life."

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