FA chairman Greg Dyke: FIFA must be in disarray

Published: Friday 25th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes the opening of criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter shows FIFA is clearly “in disarray”.

Friday witnessed another chapter in the remarkable recent history of football’s world governing body as Swiss prosecutors took action against the FIFA president.

The Swiss attorney general’s office issued a statement saying Blatter is suspected of criminal mismanagement or misappropriation over a TV rights deal he signed with former Caribbean football chief Jack Warner in 2005.

The FIFA president is also suspected of “a disloyal payment” in 2011 of two millions Swiss francs (£1.35million on current exchange rates) to Michel Platini for work allegedly carried out by the Frenchman between 1999 and 2002.

Blatter and UEFA president Platini both deny wrongdoing but the development – a week after FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was put on leave and released from duties after allegations he was implicated in a ticketing scandal – has highlighted to FA chairman Dyke the problems facing the sport’s world governing body.

“I know that police have been interviewing Mr Blatter all afternoon,” Dyke told ITV News.

“I understand he has not been charged and that he will, at the moment, continue as president of FIFA, but other than that I don’t know anything.”

Asked whether this development should see Blatter leave FIFA now rather than February, Dyke added: “He hasn’t been charged so I don’t think you can say that.

“What is clear is that FIFA must be in disarray.

“Last week their general secretary got suspended and this week the president is being interviewed by police.”

Reform body New FIFA Now said Friday’s news underlines “precisely why the only solution for FIFA is independent reform”.

“The house of FIFA is tumbling down,” said Conservative MP Damian Collins, co-founder of New FIFA Now.

“The football associations around the world must surely understand what the rest of the world already knows – that FIFA cannot reform itself.

“The executive committee members who are now looking at so-called reform proposals from their more-or-less ‘in-house’ committee should start thinking about football and not themselves and their role in it.

“They should step down. They should hand over administration of the game to an eminent person.

“If they love football, if they want football to have any shred of a reputation before the next major competition takes place in 2018, then they must reform from the top down and bottom up.

“And they must do this through independent governance experts – not via sports administrators.”

Published: Friday 25th September 2015 by The News Editor

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