Greg Dyke, the Football Association chairman, has predicted that world football boss Sepp Blatter will be arrested and forced out of Fifa in a “couple of months”. He also said England would not stage the 2018 or the 2022 World Cups if they were taken away from Russia and Qatar should corruption allegations surrounding the awarding of either tournament be proven.
Asked whether, if he had to choose, he would bet on Mr Blatter being arrested, Mr Dyke replied: “Yes.” Mr Dyke also said there was a difference in “values” between Europe and Africa, in an interview with the Guardian.
“My experience in Africa is that when people go into politics in Africa, it’s incumbent upon you as part of that to look after your family. That’s just cultural; it’s a cultural difference,” he said. Mr Dyke was speaking as pressure grew on Fifa regarding the corruption accusations made against it. It has been claimed that Mr Blatter must have known about a $10m (£6.5m) payment sent from a Fifa bank account to former vice-president Jack Warner.
Lennart Johannson, the former European football boss who was beaten by Mr Blatter in the 1998 Fifa presidential election, said his old rival should quit Fifa straight away. “I think he must go immediately. The general secretary was sending away millions of dollars to America and then Blatter claims he didn’t know. He knows everything that’s going on so I don’t believe that. The cash out [was] so much money and he who keeps everything under such tight control should know about it.
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