Dalton: It's time for real reform to end FIFA corruption

11-Jun-2015 @ 13:30

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Conservative MEPs are leading calls for a proper clean-up of football's world governing body, following months of damning allegations about corruption.

Speaking in a European Parliament debate in Strasbourg, West Midlands MEP Dan Dalton said that the decision by Sepp Blatter to resign is a welcome move, but that this should only be the start of a full deep-clean of FIFA.

If it becomes clear that the 2018 and 2022 tournaments were awarded due to corrupt practices, then there should be no hesitation in re-awarding them.

Mr Dalton, a former professional sportsman, said: "The rotting core of the once beautiful game has finally exploded. The ensuing fallout is a painful but necessary cleansing process.

If we are to clean-up FIFA once and for all, we need to dig down and remove all the dirt, and find out whether corruption influenced the Russian and Qatari World Cup bids.

Whilst I welcome Blatter's resignation, he should go immediately for the sake of FIFA's credibility, to allow an open and unhindered process of reform".

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