Clean up football mess, FiFA told



IT will be a mistake for those busy trying to clean-up FIFA  to think the rot ends in Switzerland when it has permeated the entire world football family, says football administrator Simataa Simataa.

He said the clampdown had to reach the Football Associations of all governing councils for the clean up not to be in vein.

He said FAs in Africa were among those that were cited for benefiting from Sapp Blatter’s mischiefs.

“The rot of this executive is everywhere. The clean-up has to reach the FAs. If not, even when the next person takes over from Blatter, the disease of ‘You scratch my back and I scratch yours’ will continue. African FAs were the most used in these corrupt scandals,” he said.

Simataa said Blatter’s confession about Russia being granted to stage the 2018 World Cup before the voting had taken place was an eye opener into the major corrupt deeds the executives engaged in. “I feel Blatter should publicly confess all the wrongs he committed and not just this one about Russia. This will save the time of the investigators. His confession continues to erode the trust in FIFA. It is my hope that the countries that took part in the bidding process are refunded there cost,” he said.

He said a president who would be voted in February faces a challenge to restore trust in FIFA.

According to the guardian publication yesterday, the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia had been cast in further controversy by Blatter, who claimed a decision on where to stage the tournament was made before voting too place.

The  revelation by the suspended Fifa president means England, who unsuccessfully bid for the tournament along with joint attempts by Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Holland, could have wasted millions without standing a chance from the outset.

Greg Dyke, the Football Association chairman, told the culture, media and sport select committee on Wednesday the bidding process appeared fixed from the start and that “it would be very nice to get taxpayers’ money back”.