British PM David Cameron unimpressed with governance in FIFA

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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London, Jun 9: Sepp Blatter's re-election as the President of football's apex governing body FIFA has come in for severe criticism from almost everyone associated with the game and David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain has also joined the chorus in slamming FIFA.

It can be recollected that Cameron was involved in England's failed bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking in the British parliament, he said, "Personally, I have seen football governance at an international level and I wasn't that impressed by what I saw. FIFA's reputation is now at an all-time low, and obviously the election with just one candidate was something of a farce but it has to become more transparent and more accountable. They've got to prove that they are actually capable of doing the job that they are meant to."

He added, "But ultimately change has got to come from within football and I am sure that the FA will want to play a very major role in helping to bring that about."

Football Association had abstained from the voting process meant to elect FIFA President. And Sepp Blatter's was the only name on the ballot.

Blatter, who has been the President of FIFA since 1998, was re-elected again in the first week of June after he ended up as the lone candidate in the fray. The other candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam was suspended from FIFA after allegations of bribery surfaced against him. Critics say that Blatter conveniently forced the expulsion of Bin Hammam, the suspended Asian Football Confederation chairman.

They also pointed out that, in the aftermath of Hammam's suspension, FIFA should have put a stay on the polls until the completion of hearing on Bin Hammam's case and the verdict.

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