Dee Doocey: Sepp Blatter should bow his head in shame and resign immediately

Baroness Doocey
Baroness Doocey

Speaking to the house following the urgent question in the Lords on the FIFA scandal Baroness Doocey, said:

“There has been concern for many years about FIFA’s conduct and specific allegations have been made on repeated occasions.

“Sepp Blatter should bow his head in shame and resign immediately rather than wait to be forced out for the ongoing failure of FIFA to address these issues.

“The UK Bribery Act requires firms to guard against the risks of corruption so that staff and management are not put in a position where inappropriate influences are brought to bear.

“These principles are urgently needed in sport where the fans who are the backbone of sport – rely on good governance to secure the best for their competitions.

“Will the Minister look at how the principles set out in the Bribery Act might be applied to sporting governance bodies to ensure that those involved in sports governance are subject to the same rules on propriety, ethics and transparency as we would expect from public officials, and business leaders?

“It almost beggars belief that funds destined for grass-roots football in poor countries were diverted to fund lavish lifestyles for officials!”

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