Regan rules out boycott

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has ruled out playing a part in any World Cup boycott.

Former English FA chairman David Bernstein this week urged European nations to boycott the 2018 World Cup unless world governing body FIFA undergoes more reforms.

The current FA chairman, Greg Dyke, is demanding ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into World Cup bidding is published in full.

Garcia has appealed against the decision by FIFA ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert to clear Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, having found no serious breaches of bidding rules by either nation.

Scotland, who have not reached a World Cup since 1998, are not minded to follow Bernstein’s suggestion by threatening to duck out of the tournament in Russia.

Regan told Sky Sports News HQ: “Scotland on its own, particularly when it hasn’t played in the World Cup for so many years, I think it would be rather churlish of us to say we’re going to boycott the World Cup as well.”

Regan would favour a show of strength by European associations, however, to push through positive change in FIFA.

“It’s about working together with the other 53 associations in Europe to actually come up with a plan and to show some strength,” Regan said.

“UEFA is the strongest and most powerful of all the confederations.

“FIFA needs to recognise it’s got that strength and hopefully that might persuade people to come to the table and listen.”

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014 by The News Editor

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