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SBD Global/July 23, 2014/International Football
Dyke Says FA Will Not Bid For FIFA Events As Long As Blatter Is In Power
Published July 23, 2014
ULTIMATE POWER PLAYER: Dyke revealed he was amazed by the power wielded by Blatter, pointing to a recent FIFA congress event in Sao Paulo which he said “reminded me more like something out of North Korea, only in a sense that it was ‘hail to the leader.’” Dyke: “We have already taken a decision that we will not bid for FIFA tournaments while Mr. Blatter is president because we wouldn’t win.” He added that the FA would concentrate on bidding for UEFA tournaments instead. A root-and-branch review of FIFA’s governance is needed, said Dyke, under a new president, which would include fixed periods of office for top FIFA execs, preventing allegations of corruption at the very top of the sport.
NOT A FAN OF ENGLISH MEDIA: Dyke said Blatter’s antipathy towards England, in light of corruption allegations from the BBC and the Sunday Times, was beyond rationale at times. Dyke said, “He [Blatter] saw what I thought was a perfectly legitimate piece of journalism by the Sunday Times. He saw it as an attack on FIFA. And then he started accusing the Sunday Times of racism. It seemed to me it was nothing to do with racism.” FIFA's 209 football associations will vote on Blatter’s re-election next year. But Dyke said England wielded little power within FIFA, which was partly because of the “openness” of its media, which has been hostile towards Blatter.