FIFA President Sepp Blatter‘s Twitter account has caused some wide spread discussion and confusion after various tweets from both himself and the Official FIFA World Cup account stated remarks regarding both Blatter and recent FIFA decisions.
It appears however that the revelations come from a hacking. The group involved later tweeted that @Official_SEA6 ‘had been here’. The SyrianElectronicArmy, as they call themselves, had been suspended earlier by Twitter for hacking other recognizable accounts such as CBS Denver.
Blatter’s account started the process by tweeting;
So what if I took money from Qatari prince? I am the family’s bread earner twitter.com/SeppBlatter/st…
— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) April 22, 2013
The hacking continued for up to another 15 minutes, with frequent tweets from both accounts, which likely fooled many at first. Eventually, it became clear that this was a humorous affair and satirical shaming of the people involved. It is a clear attack at the way FIFA and Blatter have been working in recent years — with the lack morality and ethics that fans dearly want.
The FIFA World Cup account tweeted multiple ‘fictional’ revelations, but the humor really comes from the fact that it would be of little surprise if this were actually true.
The account stated that payments had been made between Qatar royalty and Blatter during the 2022 World Cup bid process. The two accounts worked in sync as Blatter’s tweeted that he had recommend a prince from Jordan as his successor, as he was stepping down following a FIFA investigation.
Although there is no truth in any of this, it is quite amusing, given the sourness of the recent World Cup bid processes and widespread disapproval of the way FIFA and Blatter have been working.
SyrianElectronicArmy aimed to bring out the ‘truth’ as they stated during their hacking. So as fictional and fanatical as this was, it has strong connotations to real events that have occurred.