Fifa is unfit for purpose, investigations abound but we’ve not seen convictions yet. The president has not been arrested, but, well, he has president over this enormous shambles, yet he refuses to resign. His resignation is needed to relieve the reputation of Fifa, the reputation of football itself. We all know this, but SFA chef exec, Stewart Regan said as much.
The SFA is Blatter’s role model. Regan conceded SFA president Campbell Ogilvie was horribly conflicted, as the Association dealt with the consequences of the biggest directorial negation of duty in Scottish football history – by Ogilvie, who was director and company secretary of the dysfunctional board.
Ogilvie never resigned. Ogilvie has still not resigned. Regan said nothing. Ogilvie’s supporters in the game rallied round, just as Blatter’s have today.
This is how human nature works. Ogilvie has been in enough committee meetings, pressed enough flesh, to ensure that despite the slaying he took at the hands of Lord Nimmo Smith’s SPL inquiry, he could brass it out. Accountability at the SFA does not exist. I get it. But, the SFA cannot have the audacity to make moralistic statements about the corporate accountability of others.
It is a depressing feature of Scottish life that we don’t have a culture of accountability, that the media are not sufficiently plural that such hypocrisy is exposed for what it is, that there isn’t a single elected representative prepared to disengage with the Scottish establishment on this today.
The new media are not there yet. We don’t have the authority of a broadcaster or politician to demand, and get, accountability. That’ll change in time.