Rabbatts resigns from FIFA role

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Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by The News Editor

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Heather Rabbatts, one of the Football Association’s two independent directors, has resigned from FIFA’s anti-discrimination task force following Sepp Blatter’s re-election as president.

Rabbatts said it was “unacceptable” that so little has been done to reform FIFA and that the latest corruption crisis was “disastrous” for the world governing body’s reputation.

Her action follows FA vice-chairman David Gill rejecting his place on the FIFA executive committee in protest at Blatter’s election victory.

Rabbatts had been a member of FIFA’s anti-discrimination task force chaired by Jeffrey Webb, the FIFA vice-president from the Cayman Islands who was one of the seven officials arrested in Zurich on corruption charges last week.

In her resignation letter to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, a copy of which has been seen by Press Association Sport, Rabbatts says: “I am withdrawing with immediate effect from the FIFA task force against racism and discrimination.

“My willingness to play a part in the development of policies in this area is outweighed by the disastrous effect on FIFA’s reputation of recent events.

“Like many in the game I find it unacceptable that so little has been done to reform FIFA and it is clear from the re-election of President Blatter that the challenges facing FIFA and the ongoing damage to the reputation of football’s world governing body are bound to continue to overshadow and undermine the credibility of any work in the anti-discrimination arena and beyond.”

Rabbatts says she would have written to Webb to inform him “but as I understand he is currently not available, I am therefore sending this to you in your capacity as secretary general.”

Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by The News Editor

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