‘FIFA and Sepp Blatter cannot continue’ says Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins on BBC’s Newsnight with David Ginola

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A Kent MP says the latest corruption allegations against FIFA means it is “the end” for football’s world governing body.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, has been a long-standing critic of the way FIFA has administered the professional game around the world.

He appeared on BBC’s Newsnight last night alongside ex-player David Ginola and said president Sepp Blatter “has to go”.

It followed the FBI and Swiss authorities arresting 14 senior FIFA officials in Zurich yesterday morning ahead of FIFA’s annual congress in the city this week.

The 14 have been charged by US authorities accused of racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

Speaking on Newsnight Mr Collins said: “He [Blatter] has to go, there’s no question.

“There can be no credibility and I think the crisis is so big now if he fails to step away, if there fails to be new independent leadership, if they fail to rerun the hosting for these World Cup competitions this is the end of FIFA unless they can confront it in this way.

“There has to be a wholesale reform. Then creating a new FIFA and new timetable for presidential elections and that has to start with Sepp Blatter going.

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