Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Former FA boss: Boycott World Cup

18 November 2014, 08:02

London - England's Football Association (FA) should get behind the German push to force reforms from world ruling body FIFA and join its European counterpart UEFA in a boycott of the next World Cup if there is no change, former FA boss David Bernstein has said on Monday.

"At some stage you have to walk the talk, stop talking and do something," Bernstein told the BBC.

FIFA came under new pressure for reforms last week after it declined to publish in full a report by US lawyer Michael Garcia into allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, to be held in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

"I think England within UEFA undoubtedly have the power to influence FIFA but to do so they would have to consider withdrawing from the World Cup, the next World Cup, unless proper reform - including Mr (Sepp) Blatter not standing (for a fifth term) - is carried out at FIFA.

Asked if he would support a UEFA boycott of the World Cup, Bernstein replied: "Unless it could achieve the reforms that would bring FIFA back into the respectable world community, yes I would.

Bernstein, whose 3-year term at the head of the FA ended last year, said a European boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia could be sufficient pressure for radical change.

"There are 54 countries within UEFA. There's Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Holland - all powerful - (and) you can't hold a serious World Cup without them. They have the power to influence if they have the will."

His words backed those of German Football League president Reinhard Rauball who last week said UEFA, one of FIFA's six continental federations, could leave the world body unless it changed its ways and made public an ethics report.

Rauball, also the president of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, said unless FIFA published the most recent ethics report, UEFA should consider leaving.

"An option which will have to be seriously considered is certainly that of UEFA parting from FIFA," Rauball told German football magazine Kicker on Friday.

Bernstein condemned the "totalitarian set-up" within FIFA, adding "bits of it remind me of the old Soviet empire. People don't speak out and if they do they get quashed."

The former Manchester City chairman called FIFA's award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar "clearly one of the most ludicrous decisions in the history of sport."

"Qatar is clearly a totally unsuitable place to hold a World Cup," he said.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...