FA chief Greg Dyke: Were all World Cups won with cash bungs?

The head of England’s Football Association, Greg Dyke, fears no World Cup bid has been won without “a pile of bungs” after another Fifa official resigned this week.
FA chief Greg Dyke: Were all World Cups won with cash bungs?

And following the athletics revelations surrounding Russia’s ‘sabotage’ of the 2012 Olympics, he says Fifa must consider suspending Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko over the doping scandal.

Dyke questioned where the Fifa corruption ends after Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German football federation (DFB), quit on Monday.

Dyke said: “It’s like a soap opera, every week something is happening. You begin to be convinced almost no World Cups have been allocated without a pile of bungs. But I was saddened what happened to Wolfgang, I like him, he was a good bloke.

“I don’t know the details of what happened. It does mean another member of the Uefa executive and the Fifa executive committee has had to resign (from the DFB).”

Dyke continues to wonder where the Fifa problems will end. “We all ask that,” he said. “I don’t know where it ends, you need a completely reformed organisation. There are even those now talking about how you should scrap FIFA altogether.”

The Football Association chairman believes football’s world governing body should take action after the Russian sports minister — who is a Fifa executive committee member — was criticised in a report which has rocked athletics.

An independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revealed 1,417 samples were deliberately destroyed on the orders of the director of Russia’s drug-testing laboratory — who took cash to cover up positive tests.

The commission’s chairman Richard Pound said Mutko — who is also the head of Russia’s organising committee for the 2018 World Cup — must have been aware of the level of cheating.

“Fifa will have to decide whether he can stay on the board of Fifa or whether he has to be suspended because of the allegations surrounding athletics,” Dyke said.

“Having seen the events of yesterday — I haven’t read the report but I’ve read the reports of the report — whether someone who is involved in all that can stay on the board of Fifa is something Fifa needs to address very quickly.”

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