Written by Tharushan Fernando
29 Oct, 2015 | 5:37 pm
The chairman of the English Football Association, Greg Dyke, told MP’s on Wednesday (October 28) that an interview given by suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggested the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was “fixed”.
In the interview with Russia’s TASS news agency, the 79-year-old Swiss Blatter said he was a “ball in a big political power game” involving the United States and Russia. He also criticised UEFA’s Michel Platini for playing a part in attacks on him.
Speaking during a Culture, Media and Sports committee hearing with British parliamentarians in London, Dyke said Blatter’s comments threw doubt over the way Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the next two World Cups.
Earlier this month the English FA maintained their support for Platini to become the next president of FIFA with Dyke saying they would only withdraw it if he was found guilty of corruption.
This came after FIFA’s Ethics Committee suspended both Blatter and Platini from any involvement in the sport for 90 days while investigations continue.
The Ethics Committee did not detail specific allegations against either man. But Swiss authorities said last month they had launched a criminal investigation into Blatter, partly involving a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (2.07 million dollars) to Platini, at FIFA’s expense, in 2011.
Platini was a frontrunner to replace Blatter as FIFA president. However his shrinking election hopes now depend on whether he can overturn the ban through an appeal process.
Dyke said that the FA’s main concern was the reform of FIFA, rather than focusing on who will be chosen to run it. He added that the sponsors were in the best position to push for reforms within the sport.
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