Over the last week, many within the international football community, had been calling for the resignation of Fifa president Sepp Blatter. This follows the dramatic arrests of senior Fifa officials over allegations of corruption spanning a 24-year period. It is therefore pleasing to see that the decredited football chief has apparently fallen on his sword, albeit he is still in charge for now.
There can be little doubt that Fifa is an organisation that is rotten to the core. Mr Blatter’s 17-year term as president means he should still be held accountable for the corruption.
The FA Cup final served to remind us all that football is about fairness and equal chances for all. Fifa has undermined those principles, and the decisions that resulted in the award of the World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar are now under scrutiny. There is no doubt that those tournaments will be played under a cloud of suspicion. I applaud the efforts that were made by the Football Association to obtain international support from other footballing nations so that real pressure could be put on Mr Blatter. Fifa could not have recovered from these allegations with him in charge. I hope, for the future of international football. Fifa can now become the transparent, accountable organisation it needs to be – one that properly represents the spirit of fair play.