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FA Chairman Greg Dyke says England could pull out of 2018 WC if Blatter stays

Martin Joseph
1.97K   //    29 May 2015, 13:25 IST
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FA chairman Greg Dyke (left) and England manager Roy Hodgson see in a file photo.

The pressure is mounting on Fifa president Sepp Blatter as FA chairman Greg Dyke warned that England may consider pulling out from the World Cup if Blatter won the upcoming presidential election.

"There would be no point pulling England out if everyone else stays in. It would have no impact. It would just be forgotten,” Dyke said. The FA chairman made this claim as Fifa is getting ready for the presidential re-election. 

"But if you could pull UEFA out, that might have an impact. If Blatter gets re-elected, then that should be discussed. According to Dyke, Blatter’s days are numbered as the Fifa supremo, following the damaging impact that the corruption scandal has brought.

"I thought the evidence the Americans produced was devastating and I don’t think Blatter can survive that. He might survive this weekend but I don’t think he can survive in the long-term. During his period in charge, the level of corruption has been unacceptable. It's just frightening."

Dyke, however, says that it would be pointless if England pulled out on its own, while adding that if UEFA pulled out, then that could make a serious impact.

The chairman was echoing what Michel Platini had said on Thursday and sensationally proclaimed that England may pull out of the 2018 World Cup. It would be interesting to see whether Blatter is able to win a fifth term as the Fifa president amidst the storm that has gathered around him. 

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