BRING FIGO’S LOVE OF GAME TO FIFA
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.