If you're looking for a good, cynical laugh this morning, CHECK OUT THIS REPORT ON THE LOVE FEST BETWEEN CAPTAIN HORACE BURRELL AND FIFA SUPREMO SEPP BLATTER.
Clearly Sepp is pleased that a man he can rely on is back in that seat.
In between showering Burrell with the kind of money and assistance that Sepp gives to those who are loyal to him, Blatter made sure everyone got the point:
"In principle FIFA is there to help, but homework must be made in the national associations and now we have the big worker (Captain Horace Burrell), one who has a vision of football, and I am very happy that in the meeting today we were able to find ways and means of how to go out of a situation which was not a good one, but now let's speak about the future, which I believe will be brilliant,
Translation: the last guy didn't lick my boots, so you guys got diddly squat from me. And in case you didn't understandhis point, he drew a line under it:
"Captain Horace Burrell came back in the office of the president and I am very happy about that, and I am sure that the whole family of the football of the JFF, they are happy as well."
As for the Captain, this would seem to sum it up nicely:
Burrell was a picture of contentment when he spoke to the Observer yesterday......
Sepp Blatter controls a lot of money and can pretty much bestow it on whomever he likes and deny it to whomever he doesn't like. We can all join together in outrage over the blatent corruptness of the FIFA system - sort of a "Loyalty Rewards" program - but in the end, it's very much in your federation's best interests to just go along.
Conversely, Burrell's predecessor tried to buck the system, and the JFF paid the price.
FIFA gives each individual country the right to sell local broadcast and marketing rights for the World Cup and keep the money. Jack Warner got everyone in the Caribbean Football Union to sign an agreement "pooling" these rights, granting control over them to CONCACAF, ie. Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer.
This meant, in essence, that after they dipped into the pot for themselves and for CONCACAF, Jamaica would end up with a lot less money. But if you try to fight this deal LIKE THE PREVIOUS GUY DID you not only get nowhere but FIFA and CONCACAF turn their back on you. Your federation suffers, your national program suffers, your local programs suffer and you yourself get thrown out of office.
Now that Burrell is back in power, FIFA has turned the money spigot back on. The FA deal, the Kappa deal, the FIFA grants, and suddenly the JFF is in the money again.
We all talk about how someone should stand up to these thieves because it's the right thing to do, and it is.
But if your real purpose is to do what's best for the federation you're supposed to be representing, it's hard to make the case that fighting the system is in anyone's best interests.