Fifa's Sepp Blatter is definitely going to resign now the IoD has called for his head

The British business group is trying to say some intelligent things about governance, tagged onto the PR wave that is the World Cup.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 25 Jan 2016

One day before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, complete with still dodgy-looking pitches, the Institute of Directors has decided it is high time to make its views on scandal-dogged FIFA and its president Sepp Blatter.

‘Cushioned by the large amounts of money that flow around world football, and hiding behind its unaccountable and dysfunctional governance structure, FIFA has resisted change for far too long,’ IoD director general Simon Walker.

‘By embracing rather than rejecting fundamental reform, FIFA has the opportunity to become a beacon of best practice in global sports governance, rather than an increasingly derided pariah.’

The ‘fundamental reform’ the IoD is hankering after includes replacing the role of president with a chairman and chief executive and making FIFA’s executive committee a ‘modern board’, with directors independently elected by the body’s congress.

Given Blatter seems to be riding out corruption allegations around Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup (not to mention the stupidity of hosting a sports tournament in a Gulf summer and dire working conditions on building projects in the emirate), as well as the shambolic preparations and protests in Brazil, the IoD’s intervention is probably going to make about as much difference as the anti-Uber cab protests.

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