Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has spoken out against FIFA in the House of Commons on behalf of ‘passionate football fans in the borough’.
An urgent debate was called in Westminster following the news of the indictment of high ranking FIFA officials on possible corruption charges.
Speaking in the debate, Mr Pawsey drew attention to FIFA’s ‘poor record in relation to responding to, and investigating, such charges in the past’.
After the debate Mr Pawsey said: “FIFA has investigated itself many times in the past and has always given itself a clean bill of health. I do not believe that previous allegations have been taken sufficiently seriously and it is unacceptable that it has taken action by the United States to bring the activity of some FIFA officials to the wider public’s attention.
“Many of my constituents have contacted me about this issue.
“We have many passionate football fans in Rugby and Bulkington and they are rightly concerned that FIFA is tarnishing the reputation of the beautiful game.”
He added: “For many fans and players whether at junior, grassroots or professional level, the news of these latest allegations against FIFA did not come as a surprise. As the nation that gave the world the sport of football we have an obligation to make a stand against this kind of corruption and weed it out of the game.”