Sadly there is still no one asking the question: If Blatter and his gang were evil, and were known to be evil, wasn’t it rather naive of the FA to spend £16m bidding for a world cup vote when there was every chance it would be fixed?
In such a case, surely the criminals of the affair are not just Blatter and co, but the FA for their stupidity. It is a bit like a man coming to the door and saying, “look I know Mercedes cars normally cost £35,000 or more, but I have got one and it is brand new, and you can have it for £100. It is parked just round the corner. I have to move quickly, so if you can give me the £100 I’ll give you the keys.”
There is of course no car around the corner, but some stupid people will give the con man £100. And the con man is a crook and should be taken before the courts and given an appropriate punishment.
But that doesn’t really excuse the arrant stupidity of the person who gave the con artist £100.
Same with the FA. We all knew Fifa was crooked. So why bid? Why spend £16m on bidding for an event when we knew it was all a hoax? That money could have gone on new football pitches for children and community centres.
Here’s another question.
If as most people believe there is huge corruption within Fifa, what makes anyone think anything will change? If will be the same electorate that will elect the next Chairman. The people who benefited from the corruption will still be there running their Confederations.
The only way this whole mess would be sorted out would be by taking everything apart and building a new organisation, and to do that, the honourable straightforward and not quite so stupid as the FA associations, should start afresh with a new body, inviting those who hate corruption to join.
Some of my correspondents who seem to know about such things have suggested that the batttle this past week was between the Federations that have benefited under him, and who were demanding protection from prosecution, and Blatter himself who said he couldn’t do any more for them as he too was being watched.
If that is so, then it is true, the corrupt Federations are still there. And remember Blatter got 133 votes in the first round of voting before he resigned – a figure which includes a number of European countries.
John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, has assured MPs that the government would do anything in its power to bring about change in world football’s governing body. The removal of Blatter has little to do with this, because according to one analysis, he was now totally tied to a corruption process that is central to the running of Fifa.
Answering an urgent question in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, Whittingdale said: “Fifa needs to change and to change now and I can assure the house that the government will do all in its power to help bring change about.
“I have just spoken to Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and assured him that we stand behind the English FA’s efforts to end the culture of kickbacks and corruption that risk ruining international football for a generation. I agreed with him that no options should be ruled out at this stage.”
“Doing everything” means leaving Fifa, and starting all over again, while at the same time asking the FA what on earth it was doing bidding to host a world cup run by a corrupt organisation.
The Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant spoke of “Mafioso cronyism” and the “tainted leader of a corrupt organisation. By clinging on, he is merely dragging Fifa further and further into the mud.” I thought for a moment he might be talking about the FA, but no, it was still Fifa.
And slowly we have come to see why there is such a problem in the UK. For three British overseas territories have been named in the US indictment as playing a part in hiding corrupt payments – the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.
Meanwhile there is lurking in the shadows a half formed plan to set up a rival to the Russia world cup with the bits of Europe that voted against Blatter, and some of South America involved.
But it seems unlikely, especially with Scotland announcing that it was going to play Qatar, despite the endless tales about deaths of construction workers, modern slavery, and arrests of all film crews that arrive. No one will put what is right ahead of self interest.
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