If Fifa can no longer be trusted to govern the game fairly, unsullied by greed, corruption and ugly nepotism, we must take a stand.
Better still, the writing is realistic for as Mr Edwards acknowledges, the idea England should boycott a World Cup in the hope it will force Fifa to change … will be dismissed as a futile exercise in self-harm.
However he does then go a bit off the rails saying that
To miss a World Cup would deprive a generation of footballers the chance to play in the biggest tournament. It would ruin a summer for millions of football fans in this country. It is a bitter pill that would, at best, be hard to swallow. For some, it will be an indigestible argument, but it is a debate worth having.
On the contrary, for England to pull out of Fifa matches would greatly enhance the chances of bringing more and more to the fore in the Premier League, for a player’s value to a club will always increase if the player is not playing Fifa arranged games at crazy times. Just imagine how much better off we would have been at the start of the season just gone, if we’d had all our team fresh and ready to roll.
Besides, missing a World Cup is something that English players do from time to time – or at least they miss most of it, as I seem to recall they did with the last World Cup.
Mr Edwards goes on…
If we stand for anything like fairplay in sport, if we believe in honesty and the rule of law, we must take radical measures to uphold those values. The threat to withdraw from the world football’s biggest global event must be made in order to increase the pressure on Blatter and his self-serving minions.
The home nations should take the lead, a boycott should be discussed. Fifa need to realise that they are no longer able to dictate, without also being held to account when they abuse their power.
- 10 June 1919: Dr Kevin O’Flanagan born – he played for Arsenal in 1946/7. He played for Ireland at both football and rugby, was also a sprint champion, and played football for both N Ireland and the Irish Free State.