Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

FIFA: More words of resignation about this organisation

Posted in International Football by peterbein on June 20, 2011

Jack WarnerFIFA Vice-President Jack Warner, whom allegations of corruption were made, has resigned from his post at football’s world governing body. Any chance that this move could be seen as a positive development within the upper echelons of the game have been completely overridden by the words expressed by FIFA itself in the aftermath of his resignation.

An official FIFA statement issued just moments after his resignation became public made clear that “as a consequence of Mr Warner’s resignation, all ethics committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained”. Those last six words have already done more than anything to undermine FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s promise to make football more transparent and accountable and will be seen by many to be a cop out solution which shames FIFA further.

Thanks to this resignation there will seemingly be no further investigation into allegations that Warner paid bribes to various Caribbean football associations and asked for favours from candidate countries hoping to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments. The fact that these allegations can now just suddenly disappear and be swept under the carpet is yet another sign of this organisation’s arrogance and contempt for the very people for whom, it was said, they would do all they could to restore the credibility of the game – the fans.

Nobody wishes to presume that anybody is guilty before proven otherwise but the big question remains; why it is still not possible to retrospectively look at all of the evidence in relation to all of the allegations and make all of the facts known to the public? Or, in other words, what have FIFA and all of the parties involved got to hide if they are to live up to this mantra of transparency and openness?

The mind well and truly boggles………..

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