Blatter will be gone soon – Dyke


Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes departing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not last long enough to implement reform and would not be surprised to see him arrested.

On Tuesday, just four days after being re-elected, Blatter announced he would be standing down in the wake of bribery and corruption charges which have brought the world governing body to its knees in the last few days.

However, in his announcement he pledged to stay on until a new successor was elected – not likely until December at the earliest – in order to drive “far-reaching, fundamental reforms”.

Dyke believes that is highly unlikely.

“The great danger now is you get Blatter Mark II. That’s the danger,” he told the Guardian. “It needs a root and branch change of the structure of the organisation. Blatter won’t lead that reform – he can’t do it.

“And he’ll be gone. He won’t last. The one thing you discover if you run an organisation is that the moment you say you’re going, you’ve gone.”

Asked whether he would bet on Blatter being arrested if he had to choose, Dyke replied: “Yes”.

He admitted suggestions England could step in to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, if corruption in the bid process was proved, were “unhelpful” and hoped a line could be drawn under future references.

“It looks like we’re doing it all for our own personal gain. We won’t have the World Cup in 2018, and we certainly won’t have it in 2022,” added Dyke, who said the Qataris would “sleep even less well” after the FBI expanded its investigation to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

“Already I’m sure there’s people in the FA saying, ‘Ooh he shouldn’t have said that, he shouldn’t have said this’,” he said. “I’m certain there’s already people saying I shouldn’t have said anything about Qatar.

“There is no doubt that nobody can or will do anything against Qatar or Russia until the legal process is complete and unless there is evidence, laid bare, by some sort of investigative authority.

“But if it is there, if the evidence that these were awarded after a degree of corruption, clearly they’ve got to be revisited.”

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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