Coca-Cola, McDonald’s Demand Sepp Blatter Resign Immediately As FIFA Prez
In trouble with the IRS? Is the mob after you for that money you borrowed? That's NOTHING. Sepp Blatter has both Coca-Cola and McDonald's out to get him.
FIFA's two gigantic sponsors, which together could change the orbit of the Earth if they so chose, have called on the FIFA president to resign immediately if not sooner.
As you know, Swiss authorities have said they are widening a criminal investigation to include Blatter, the head of the world soccer body. Blatter has already said that he would step down around February of 2016, which is when an election for a new president would be held. But the major sponsors want action sooner. Reuters:
But Blatter's U.S. lawyer, Richard Cullen, said in response that Blatter would not resign, because he believed leaving office would not be in FIFA's best interest or advance needed reforms of the organization.
And so FIFA sponsors threw more chips into the pot:
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 2, 2015
Yep, now it's Coca-Cola, McDonald's, VISA and Budweiser all applying pressure for Blatter to get the hell out. Who could withstand this corporate tsunami? If all pulled out of world soccer, could the sport survive?
This leaves three major FIFA sponsors that have not yet checked in on the subject: Adidas, Hyundai, and Gazprom (a Russian global energy company). All are based outside the U.S. But, since German Football League President Reinhard Rauball on Thursday called for Blatter to step down immediately, adidas (based in Germany) is probably not far behind.
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