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Time for Blatter to face up to FIFA's problems.

Byline: Barry HORNE

SPORT has had its fair share of difficulties over recent months in respect of corruption allegations.

I'm convinced that in terms of the integrity of what happens on the pitch football is as clean a sport as there is but there are fears about the business side of things.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is always quick to criticise the actions of individuals at the coal face of the game, but seems rather less inclined to bring to task those concerned with the administration of the game at the highest level.

Anyone who saw the Panorama documentary about FIFA vice-president Jack Warner will have been left with many unanswered questions.

The bidding process for the 2018 World Cup has been making headlines and people are suspicious that the process is by no means as transparent as we would like.

England have withdrawn their complaint to FIFA about Russia's bid chief making disparaging comments about London after getting an apology but that spat hasn't helped anyone.

This came soon after allegations that FIFA committee members were offering to sell their votes.

Blatter should have been thanking the England press for the undercover investigation but instead he moaned that it wasn't helpful. For the sake of the game, he has to start tackling problems head on.

* For anyone who has lost a bit of faith in the power of sport to inspire, check out gymnast Beth Tweddle's latest victory on the asymmetric bars at the World Championships. It was an awesome and uplifting display.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:Oct 30, 2010
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