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Protest over FIFA equality

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

With what seems like an insurmountable amount of international pressure on the global football governing body (FIFA), the head of the organisation has decided to step down. Now, let me be clear, FIFA has its problems, I am the first to admit that. However, it also has a unique characteristic that no other international organisation can ever claim to have. The world football body treats every single member country equally.

The current allegations of corruption against the football body are extremely serious. This episode is, in my opinion, based purely on monetary reasons. It is great to prosecute corrupt officials. The United States prosecutors have my full support, but do not insult me by claiming that this is purely about "fixing football". I am calling it like I see it, an attempt to organise FIFA that grants the developed world more influence and profits for the beautiful game of football.

Under the current systems of FIFA, each member country gets voting rights and profits from sporting events such as the World Cup are distributed equally. This is where, in my opinion, the developed countries from Europe and North America have the most problems.

Right now, the opponents of the FIFA equality are primed ready to strike to destroy the system that has nurtured the development of the game we have known and loved since birth.

Javon Moatt

moattj@hotmail.com