Indictment against FIFA Officials

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 10:28 am on 28th May 2015.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 10:28 am, 28th May 2015

My hon. Friend is absolutely right that if we are to bring effective pressure to bear on FIFA, we need to assemble as large a coalition as possible. UEFA has already taken a good lead on this, and we will be approaching other European football associations, and football associations from other parts of the world, to try and build as wide and as strong a coalition as possible. I mentioned that the Minister for Sport is writing to her counterparts today, but I am sure she would be happy to take up his suggestion of having meetings with them in due course to discuss how best to take the matter forward. I do not think we are yet at the stage of boycotting the World cup, which might cause concern to the many people who enjoy the World cup, but there is no question but that something has to be done.