Friday 28 October 2016

FA Chairman Greg Dyke: Blatter decision 'brilliant for football'

Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke

English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said Sepp Blatter's decision to stand down as FIFA president is "brilliant for world football".

Blatter's announcement comes after FIFA admitted it paid $10million dollars destined for the South Africa World Cup to an account controlled by the disgraced former vice-president Jack Warner. The payment followed a letter from the South African FA to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Dyke said: "It is a good afternoon! I think it's brilliant for world football. This is the start of something new."

UEFA president Michel Platini, now one of the possible contenders, welcomed the announcement.

Platini said: "It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision".

It is only five days since Blatter, 79, won a fifth term as FIFA president when Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein pulled out of the running in the second round of voting in Zurich.

However, after the development at a press conference yesterday, Dyke (left) said: "When I left on Friday I said 'this is not over' - but even I couldn't have thought it'd be over so soon.

"Why didn't he step down last week? Clearly there's a smoking gun of some sort. He's not been honourable in years. Now he's gone - let's celebrate.

"FIFA needs a root and branch examination, we need to know where the money is being spent. It's been a corrupt organisation for something like 30 years and at long last we've got a chance to change it.

"What matters is can we reform FIFA?"

On the organisation's next leader, Dyke continued: "They must have an impeccable character and be able to run an organisation where corruption has been rife for years...a lot of people could do the job."

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