FIFA president Sepp Blater accused of bringing football into disrepute by Northampton South MP

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South
Brian Binley MP for Northampton South

FIFA is an “unsavoury nest which needs cleaning out”, according to Northampton South MP, Brian Binley.

Mr Binley, speaking in the wake of the resignation of FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia, said Sepp Blatter was “dragging our global game into disrepute and was fast-becoming known as the Robert Mugabe of the football world”.

Earlier this week, a cross-party group of MPs tabled a motion questioning the ethics committee’s report into the bids for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 competition in Qatar.

The motion, supported by Mr Binley and fellow MPs Damian Collins and Clive Betts, calls for the publication of the full report, as well as all related evidence.

Mr Binley said: “The last few years has seen FIFA limp from one scandal to the next and the full effects of that are only now being realised. Only a few weeks ago we had reports of Emirates and Sony severing links them.”

“The Qatar situation has been a mess from the very beginning with allegations of bribery topped recently with revelations over the use of slave labour.

“Mr Blatter is dragging our global game into disrepute with his own self-preservation seemingly his only objective. He’s fast becoming known as the Robert Mugabe of the footballing world,” he added.