Former FA chief calls for FIFA to be ‘dissolved’

Former Football Association vice-chairman David Dein has called for FIFA to be “dissolved” and a new world governing body established in its place.

Dein was international president of England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup and said he felt “abhorrence” when he heard suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter admit this week a deal had been struck before the 2010 vote to give the tournament to Russia.

The depth of the FIFA scandal has been so great that Dein believes the only option is to shut down the organisation and start from scratch. As well as a series of arrests of FIFA officials in May, there have been numerous allegations of bribery and malpractice.

Former FA chief calls for FIFA to be ‘dissolved’

Asked about his response to Blatter’s 2018 World Cup revelations, Dein told Press Association Sport: “I felt astonishment and abhorrence. We wanted a clean joust and it has transpired it was anything but – it appears that the game was being played with a loaded dice.”

Dein, also previously vice-chairman of Arsenal, said a “radical” fix was needed for FIFA.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s a big question. I would be very radical. I think FIFA’s image has been damaged beyond repair. I think it needs to be dissolved and to start again.

“It needs a clean start, to be dissolved and started afresh. The sponsors need it, the fans need it. Stop a fan in the street and ask for an adjective to describe FIFA, and the one word they will use is ‘corrupt’.”

Dein said he had been shocked by the revelations about Michel Platini’s 2million Swiss franc (€1.8milion) payment from FIFA in 2011 for work carried out at least nine years before, and £4.6million paid to FIFA “by mistake” by the 2006 Germany World Cup organisers.

He added: “We are hearing stories within the last month of figure of 2million Swiss francs for work purportedly done nine years previously. We have heard about a payment of £4.6million which was ’a mistake’. Are these fairytales? It tests our intelligence.

“What about 20million (US) dollars going to a FIFA movie which never saw the light of day? You tell that to the poor kids in the favelas of Brazil or the homeless in Haiti who could have had that money.”

Former FA chief calls for FIFA to be ‘dissolved’

Meanwhile, former Portugal international Luis Figo – who ran for the FIFA presidency earlier this year before pulling out just before the vote, has thrown his weight behind UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino in the contest to succeed Blatter.

Figo said: “Gianni Infantino knows football inside out and his experience, competence, hard work and honesty make him the best candidate for the FIFA presidency.

“He brings a new style and approach to a process that needs transparency and debate of ideas instead of mere political moves and personal attacks.”

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