The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

I’M NOT go­ing to pre­tend that I un­der­stand the process for elect­ing a FIFA Pres­i­dent. Nei­ther am I go­ing to pre­tend that I un­der­stand the pol­i­tics in world foot­ball.

Any man lead­ing FIFA will cre­ate some pow­er­ful enemies and they will en­sure we see a dark side to his or her char­ac­ter.

All that said, af­ter nearly 17 years of Sepp Blat­ter, it is time for change. I’m not go­ing to get into the ‘al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion’ ter­ri­tory. Be­cause there is no need. I just want to stick to ba­sics.

In Blat­ter’s term so far, there have been too many gaffes. And there has been too lit­tle mod­erni­sa­tion.

Let me bring it all down to one sim­ple point: Any man who can sit at the helm of the big­gest sport in the world and cre­ate a ref­er­ee­ing struc­ture which makes such dis­mal use of tech­nol­ogy needs to go.

We can­not back the re-ap­point­ment of a man who al­lows the sport to lag be­hind while other (lesser funded) sports lead the way. Rugby re­views the award of tries. Cricket re­views in/out de­ci­sions. Foot­ball gets big de­ci­sions wrong. That is ridicu­lous. Luis Figo’s name ex­cited me as a can­di­date. Not be­cause I know he is a great ad­min­is­tra­tor. Not be­cause I know he has a great po­lit­i­cal abil­ity.

But be­cause I know that he loves the game and un­der­stands it.

And in the end we must never for­get that what we all love is the game not a po­lit­i­cal bat­tle­field.


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