Sepp Blatter has announced that he will stand down as FIFA president to take the job as the new head of the Queensland greyhound racing industry.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Mr Blatter’s appointment will give the Queensland greyhound racing industry some much needed credibility.
“Today we are starting a clean slate,” said the Premier.
“We have appointed a world class sporting administrator, Mr Sepp Blatter, to clean up greyhound racing in this state.”
“I have every confidence that the sport will now be run fairly and that, with Mr Blatter’s leadership, greyhound racing will return billions of dollars of profits to the people of Queensland.”
Welfare concerns for former greyhound industry leaders
Meanwhile, animal groups have expressed concerns about the welfare of the state’s former greyhound racing administrators.
“A recent report suggests 75% of former participants in the greyhound industry are killed when their careers are over,” says Meryl Sternhouse of the RSPCA.
“Unless these administrators are found homes on other boards, there’s the very real risk they might be put down.”
A leading Queensland greyhound trainer, who declined to be named, said that all former racing administrators are treated humanely.
“What a lot of people don’t understand is that these administrators are very well looked after during their careers.”
“They get to eat all the time and have every whim catered to.”
“Unfortunately there is always some ‘wastage’ in greyhound racing and deaths are simply unavoidable.”
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