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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. fifalls from grace go, president sepp blatter has had quite a run and today was capped off with an eight-year ban from any involvement in football. the ruling included the same punishment for platini, once pegged as blatter's successor. there is flash photography. reporter: the game was up, his downfall complete. just minutes after being kicked out of football in disgrace, a visibly aged and disheveled sepp blatter arrived at headquarters trying to defend himself. wearing a plaster on his face
following a minor operation, recent events appear to have caught up with former president. anyone hoping for contrition should have known better. >> i am sorry that i am still somewhere a punching ball, and i'm sorry that as president of fifa i am this punching ball, and i'm sorry for football. i'm sorry about that. i'm sorry. but i'm also sorry about me, how i am tainted in this world. reporter: but he is not going quietly. he vowed to appeal and said he is prepared to take his court to arbitration. >> i'm now suspended eight years. but i will fight. i will fight for me, and i will fight for fifa. suspended eight years for what? >> also banned was platini, the man who was expected to succeed blatter.
swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation over an alleged payment of 1.3 million pounds between the two men in platin said it was for work yet 2011. performedi nine years earlier, but with no written contract, the two most powerful man in football were suspended and today fifa banished both of them from the game they once ruled. >> i am a man of principles. these principles are, never take money you have not earned. secondly, pay your debts. now they are telling me that i votes for the 2011 elections. no. he has written out countless controversies but in may he was plunged into crisis. a us-led investigation after --
in two decades of alleged corruption. despite that, he was reelected to a fifth term, but under mounting pressure announced he would step down next year. now they are both gone the sport , is left to count the cost. >> the game has not been affected by that because it is too powerful to be affected by certain individuals. but what has been affected is the fact that people are talking about the corruption and about football and about the game in the same sentence. >> the sport is now desperate to move on. with the replacement set to be elected in february, but he remains as defiant as ever. it's even suspended, i am the president. the president must be relieved of his duties in a formal way. you cannot elect another president. i'm not ashamed. i have regrets, but i'm not ashamed. i am ashamed if you go in debt, what has been presented and how all this has been done.
>> it would appear football has not seen the end of sepp blatter yet. >> i'll be back. thank you. >> now, the problem for the sport the symbol of its tainted , past may have been shown the door, but his reign will continue to cast a shadow. katty: i'm joined by a commentator from new york. i'm getting your -- guessing your not surprised by what has happened. i referred to sepp blatter as santa claus without a beard. he takes care of all his friends around him. he has created so many friends who say yes to everything he says. sepp blatter think that everything he does is correct, because people are constantly telling him yes. this may be a fight to the end. an eight-year ban is a long time. katty: and there he is defiant, saying i am perfectly innocent.
what would you make of his performance? .eporter: he is on the last lap he has been there too long. he is sorry for everything. he said he was sorry for everything. he even said he was sorry for football, but not in the way football fans wanted to hear. he gotorry because banned for eight years. at the end of the day, there is sepp blatter'sn world that counts and that is sepp blatter himself katty:. and he blames it on the americans to boot. it has really caused him a few problems. they finally got to the road -- to the root of the problem. this is not over by a long shot. if the president of the united states can only have two terms, the president of fifa should not have any more. if it's good enough for the
president of the u.s., it should be good enough f orifa. .- good enough for fifa throw them out anyhow and start afresh. build from the bottom, put somebody in at the top, and have a whole new situation, because this thing is going to drag on and on. every time it comes up, people say corruption. that's the first thing you think a. when you mention fif we don't need that. katty: now they want to clean up that world body. there is just so much money involved in the world cup, is there always going to be an element of corruption, or this time can they make a fresh start and make this a clean? game reporter: not unless they get rid of everybody involved. money, sobeen so much
many other cases we have not even heard about yet, i'm sure. i'm sure there are a lot of other things that are going to come up. i think they need to start fresh and get rid of everybody who has been involved here. freshd to get a new, appeal toward the world governing body. to be almost christmas and were just talking about world cup finals if they have their way. this all has to be cleared up and it has to be done fresh from the bottom. find somebody with a good reputation to run the organization. katty: there you go. thanks very much, tommy. in afghanistan, six american troops have been killed in a muicide attack near bagra airfield. it involved a motorcycle packed
with explosives. the taliban has claimed responsibility. it marks the deadliest attack on international forces in months. i spoke with the former deputy assistant secretary or defense of afghanistan. you have just returned from afghanistan. is this a one off, or are things deteriorating in terms of security? i think the security situation is worse than it has been before the surge that president obama did in 2009, and things seem to be getting worse each month as the taliban and are mounting a major offensive. katty: what did you find on this recent trip? >> i found afghan saying they were very concerned about the future. many want to leave afghanistan. the flood of refugees is probably going to be increasing in the months ahead. they don't have much confidence in their future security. katty: this happened near bagram airbase. which of course is a highly
secure area for american troops. if it can happen there, the taliban and can get that close to american forces, that is a very worrying sign, isn't it? >> it is. there were other attacks the same day. helmand provinces under severe attack right now. earlier this fall the taliban took kunduz. the taliban are active in ways they really have not been for the last seven or eight years. katty: is this the result of the drawdown of foreign forces? >> i think it's a direct correlation. afghan casualties have gone up, and taliban activity has gone up. afghan forces are fighting well but as the defense minister said, the withdrawal was too hasty and ill-prepared. >> talk about islamic state in afghanistan. some american officials have mentioned that with alarm, that we are seeing a rise of isis
forces in the country. >> afghans i talked to in afghanistan were very concerned about that. >> these are foreign fighters coming back again? >> they are mainly disaffected taliban and but there is a certain percentage of young, afghans from universities who have responded to the same kind of isis propaganda that others have around the world. afghanistan is an important battlefield for isis, not just because it's a muslim state but because they see themselves as successors to and still rivals to al qaeda. katty: how would be taliban welcome a rival in terms of isis? >> not only do they not welcome it, they are fighting it. there has been some severe fighting in the south and more recently even in the north of afghanistan as well. this means that there will be another contestant there. i think it means afghanistan
will be worse off than when it was just the taliban. >> that provides yet more insecurity for afghans themselves. las vegas prosecutors say the woman accused of deliberately driving her car into a crowd of pedestrians will be charged with murder. one person was killed and 35 were injured in the incident on sunday. authorities believe the crash was intentional but they did not discuss the motive. the driver had her three-year-old daughter in the car at the time. russian military officials say they have not yet been able to extract any information from the flight recorder of the russian fighter plane brought down by turkey on the syrian border last month. they say the memory chip from the bomber was destroyed or badly damaged. the russians had hoped to prove the plane never entered turkish airspace as claimed by ankara. part ins the tricky spain, governing the country.
the conservative prime minister, mariana rajoy, said he will try to keep his popular party in power even though he felt short of a majority. 100 seats,ties one making them a force to be reckoned with as well. >> the economic crisis is often invisible. even in a working-class suburb of madrid. we talked to people here, and that word, austerity, is the human side. elderly forr the 700 euros a month. she voted for a party with a new economic asian. cut,ocial support has been she told us, even for medicine. an anti-austerity movement, after groundbreaking election,
it is a political force now in spain. this was the party's leader today, a former university professor so different to your traditional spanish politician. >> what is your message for the rest of europe today? >> sovereignty is the main word for us, in order to organize our political system. never again, never again. >> the leader that implemented the austerity measures was mariano rajoy, still the prime minister of spain. tonight after a meeting with senior party members, he insisted he will try and form a government because his conservative party won the most votes. his supporters celebrated for the cameras last night. but the party suffered its worst result since 1989. he might struggle to find allies so he can govern.
journalists in spain are now discussing the unknown in a new era. >> it is so difficult to form a government with the numbers that we have. there are no real answers to any of the questions today. it's just an extraordinary day in our lives. >> not even villages escape the property bubble which caused economic pain and now political change. in rural areas you find the other conservative spain. where many did not vote for change. world you're watching bbc news america. still to come in this program, facing a crisis of drug abuse. in the state of new hampshire, motor said they want the epidemic addressed.
we speak to voters on the front line. people are still missing after a massive landslide ripped chinese city of shenzhen. warning, a vast torrent of red earth overwhelmed the industrial complex. buildings were left barely standing. factories were swamped. -- phone footage captured the moment of impact. onlookers watched and then realize they might be next in line. in panic, they fled. in the aftermath, nearly 200 mechanical diggers worked on the slurry. teams with shovels and barehands
dug in the hope there might still be survivors in air pockets below the sea of mud. this local official said the top priority is to save people and to prevent further disasters. as work continued, questions about the cause. the authorities say heavy rain made the waste unstable, but local people say it should never have been dumped in such a dangerous place. this man says this was not a natural disaster, this was man-made. there have been prayers for the missing, but also questions about whether china's breakneck economic growth was at the expense of safety standards. stephen evans, bbc news, beijing.
economy, evenhe terrorism. those are the topics you would expect to dominate the american presidential race, but what about drug abuse? in new hampshire, a poll earlier this year revealed that drugs are the top concern of voters there. across america, the number of heroin deaths has nearly quadrupled in a decade. we went to speak with those fighting this epidemic. >> i don't want anyone to know my daughter was a drug addict. my wife and i came home and said and talked about it. then the next day we told the world that she was an addict. she was in high school. she was taking percocet, i guess it was all over the place. it was 30 milligrams of percocet.
then it got to be expensive. because she couldn't get as high, she was taking two or three at a time. then she went to percocet 80 milligrams, and the cost was outrageous there, so the natural next step was to go to heroin. >> she was a good person. this drug won. it won the battle. >> every day, she was taking a car load of equipment out of my office. it just got to be really, really bad. then we went to the local authorities and i talked to them. the first person i talked to said let's just not arrest her. that's not what i wanted to do. i wanted to get her help. >> any given day, it could be
one, it could be five or six. a lot of it lately seems to depend on when fresh batches are hitting the street. we usually see them within a week of the last overdose. >> people need to understand that this is a disease. if we had this many people diagnosed with another kind of disease in this timeframe, they would call it an epidemic and would be doing something immediately, not just talking about it. it is affecting an awful lot of people in this community that now understand that johnny or sally, that was hooked on heroin, was one of the leaders of their class when they were in school. it's not just that junkie that is on the street. >> how bad is this problem? >> it is stunningly huge at this point. >> i don't have that kind of
relationship typically, when a criminal defendant appears before me, there is quite a bit of distance, both physical and in theory. >> now we have this happy young woman, somebody who is doing really well. >> i can lock them up all day long, but when i -- i guarantee you when they come out of jail without any treatment, they will go right back to using and they will use drugs at a higher rate than when they went in. the jail serves a very specific and important role in the criminal justice system, but it is not treatment. >> the choices are limited, especially in new hampshire. there are no treatment facilities, or very few, but there is a 6-8 lead time to get into them.
and if there is a bed, you cannot afford it at $10,000 or $12,000. >> the unfortunate trend we are starting to see now is more and more suicides related to young people that have gone through rehab and have failed. that is really, really tragic. somewhere in the system, we are failing. katty: the crisis in new hampshire. now to a nightmare of a different kind for an award show, announcing the wrong winner. that is exactly what happened in the miss universe pageant last night. it was not until the crown and sash were of adorning the lovely miss colombia that this mistake was actually corrected. bernie mckenzie has this report. colombia!
it to you right here. the first runner-up is colombia. it is my mistake. the mistake was still being talked about on tv the next morning. >> it's better to have been crowned and lost than never to have been crowned at all. do not tell that to miss colombia this morning. she was still in the middle of her victory lap when they said that crown, we are going to need that back. katty: the crown was bestowed on the actual winner. >> a very nontraditional crowning. very 2015. [laughter] katty: it's a moment that will not be forgotten. four miss colombia, you
cannot help but feel sorry for her. that's it for the program. from all of us here at bbc world news america, thank you for watching. i will see you back here tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, metlife premier client group, and sony pictures classics, now presenting "the lady in the van." >> just until you sort yourself out. >> and educated woman living like that. >> merry christmas. >> shut the door. i'm a busy woman.
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