Blatter and Ronaldo threaten to further alienate fans
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has caused controversy with his remarks about modern day players being treated like slaves.
“I think in football there is too much modern slavery, transferring players or buying players here and there, and putting them somewhere,” Blatter said. “And we are trying now to intervene in such cases.”
Critics say his comments are ridiculous given players are paid millions more than the average fan, who would give anything to turn out for his favourite club for free.
Asked specifically about Manchester United’s efforts to prevent their Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo leaving to join Real Madrid, Blatter told Sky News the English side should let him go.
“If the player wants to play somewhere else, then a solution should be found,” he said. “Because if he stays in a club where he does not feel comfortable to play then it’s no good for the player and for the club.”
Blatter’s point is that in normal life a worker can resign from his contract and move to another employer whenever he wants.
It all boils down to whether player deals are viewed as financial contracts or personal ones. Manchester United will at least be well compensated if Ronaldo moves, which would not happen if Joe Bloggs moved from normal job A to normal job B.
But being a soccer player is not a normal job, is it?
PHOTO: Portugal’s Ronaldo leaves after a treatment session on his injured right ankle at a physiotherapy centre in Lisbon. July 11 REUTERS/Hugo Correia