Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips continues to push for action on FIFA corruption allegations

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Stephen Phillips MP. EMN-140714-175833001

Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips MP is continuing to push for action on allegations of FIFA corruption being investigated by the FBI and Interpol.

Stephen Phillips spoke in a debate yesterday (Wednesday) to call on ministers to continue to push for transparency and action on alleged corruption within FIFA.

Building on his previous speeches in the House of Commons on this matter, Stephen spoke in a Westminster Hall debate yesterday morning to urge the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, to keep up the pressure on FIFA.

Mr Phillips said: “How have we reached this position in relation to FIFA? The answer is simple: it is what happens when a gentlemen’s club that was designed a long time ago to run the game of football worldwide meets the billions and billions of pounds that now washes around in the game. Despite all the publicity that has surrounded the corruption for so long, it is apparent that FIFA is no longer in possession of the necessary structures to run the game in a transparent and anti-corrupt way in the 21st century.

“All that we can do in this place is try to shine a light on what has gone on, raise the issues and seek to persuade the Minister that she and the Government can do more to ensure that the game is governed well not only in this country, but elsewhere in the world through international bodies. In that light, I venture to suggest to the Minister that the Government need to do certain things that they have not done in the past or at least have not done effectively.”

The Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Tracey Crouch, thanked Mr Phillips for his “brilliant” input on the issue, and confirmed that the Government is pushing for reform at FIFA to make sure it is transparent and that football is well-governed.

Commenting afterwards, Mr Phillips said: “It is simply vital that we now see substantial reform within FIFA to ensure that global football governance is on the right footing going forward. I am glad that the minister is taking this issue so seriously, and I look forward to working with her and other concerned colleagues to keep up the pressure.”