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England U21s -- Strength in depth

Tactics And Analysis Oct 17, 2014
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 By PA Sport
Jul 23, 2014

Greg Dyke wants thorough FIFA reform

English FA chairman Greg Dyke admits he's lost faith in FIFA and that a democratic vote should be made in 2015.

Greg Dyke says the Football Association will not bid to host any FIFA tournaments while Sepp Blatter is still president but insists England will remain a member of the organisation.

Greg Dyke rules out World Cup hosting

The FA chairman gave evidence to the Culture Media and Sport (CMS) select committee on Tuesday regarding the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which has been plagued by allegations of corruption.

Dyke has called for a thorough reform of FIFA but believes England should push for change from inside the governing body rather than quit altogether.

"We've already taken the decision that we will not bid for FIFA tournaments -- our decision is we will concentrate in the years ahead on bidding for UEFA tournaments," Dyke said.

"Would we leave FIFA? Not on our own, no. I don't think we should walk out of FIFA because within a week everyone has forgotten about you.

"I don't think that sort of gesture-politics would help. I think trying to reform through UEFA and from the inside is the better way forward."

Dyke described the FIFA congress in Sao Paolo last month as like "something out of North Korea" while UEFA president Michel Platini has also withdrawn his support for Blatter's re-election.

"We think there's a limited amount of time someone should sit on the FIFA executive," Dyke said.

"We voted in favour of that but most voted against it. It's that sort of reform that is needed to make sure we get proper turnover. Hopefully a new president coming in would take a look at the whole structure.

"A lot of the European FAs made it clear they didn't support Blatter but I'm afraid from the rest of the world he has overwhelming support. If he runs again he will win, but I think it's unlikely we at the FA would vote for him."

FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia is finalising a report into the bidding processes for the World Cup in 2018 -- won by Russia -- and 2022.

Garcia is expected to submit his findings at the end of July and Dyke has called for the whole report to be published when recommendations are made later this year.

"If Mr Garcia's report shows there's been corrupt activity then the whole process should be reconsidered," Dyke said.

"The question you have to ask is why would you put the World Cup in Qatar in the summer? It just doesn't meet the criteria.

"My understanding is the results will be published in October but not necessarily the whole report.

"Our view is we would like to see the whole report published, not just the recommendations of the judicial chamber."

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