Massively corrupt, powerful enough to get national law temporarily changed, what's to be done?
Assuming Sepp wins the latest challenge to his supremacy and makes the corruption case against the other guy stick, does that mean the Quatar World Cup is dead (please)?
Short of the Home Nations resigning en masse, I don't see what else is to be done. Corrupt officials aren't going to become any less corrupt, the FIFA management obviously doesn't give a shit as long as they get their bit. But if resignation is a futile gesture, what then?
What would be the consequences of the Home Nations FAs resigning from FIFA? Could they resign from FIFA but remain members of UEFA? Or would that just disqualify all UK national and club sides from all competitions? Would all the life-long Manchester United / Liverpool / Chelsea fans abroad still get their EPL fix on TV? Will they care or just replace their EPL love for Serie A or the Bundesliga?
I doubt even that would do it. Will never happen, but if all the previous WC winners (and Holland) refused to take part in a WC things might change.
I'd say a part of the problem is the football is one of the most reactionary parts of society.
So it'll resist change most, leaving an explosion as a more likely consequence.
How do you solve a problem like FIFA?
This may be considered a little extreme, but I am thinking Kalashnikov.
Maybe it would help to open up the world cup voting to every FIFA member, rather then just the smaller group. It's a lot harder to bribe hundreds of people then half a dozen.
That's a pretty good article, PR.
I think it would only take one or two of the 'established' (i.e. big European) FA's to withdraw from FIFA and several others would rapidly follow suit and then the domino effect might come into being, bringing the whole sorry edifice down.
Unfortunately I don't think any of the big FA's have the guts to do it, just in case no one else did.
'We need France, Italy, Spain etcetera onside.'
The problem is that Platini has decided to keep quite now as a quid pro quo for a run at the FIFA Presidency in 2015. Despite all the positive press he is getting for his fair play rules, it cannot be entirely ruled out that he is in fact a duplicitous French cunt.
I would like to see England unilaterally withdraw from the World Cup. Let's face it, we are never going to win it anyway.
The real question is what sanctions FIFA could apply apart from disbarring us from the WC (which is hardly a sanction to our withdrawing....). My guess is not very much.
it cannot be entirely ruled out that he is in fact a duplicitous French cunt.