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Australia Sports Minister urges FIFA for reform on World Cup bidding process

06-03-2011 15:11 BJT

CANBERRA, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Australian federal Sports Minister Mark Arbib on Friday said the federal government will not be spending any more money on the World Cup bidding process until proper reform is achieved, and has suggested other nations to do the same.

Australia, who has earlier received just one FIFA vote in the ballot to choose the host of the 2022 World Cup won by Qatar, has been urging reform of FIFA.

Arbib said all governments should think twice about bidding for football World Cups until proper reform is achieved within FIFA.

"Knowing what we know, without reform of the FIFA organization (and) reform of the bidding process, no government would want to put funds into any bidding process," he told ABC radio on Friday.

"FIFA need to clean up their game and, until they do, no government should have confidence in their processes."

Senator Arbib said FIFA must take a lead from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in cleaning up its tarnished image.

"The football associations of the world have elected him (Blatter) as their president," he said.

"He has publicly said on the record last night (Thursday night) in his speech that he will reform the organization.

"Reform is necessary. What FIFA requires is action that took place in the IOC after Salt Lake City (2002 Winter Olympics) when the IOC cleaned up its game and that is exactly what FIFA now requires."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 75, was re-elected head of world football as the sole candidate by a landslide of votes at FIFA's 61st congress in Zurich of Switzerland.

The Swiss, who took the helm at FIFA in 1998, has faced widespread calls for reform following allegations of sleaze surrounding the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar.

He has vowed to clean up the tarnished image of football's governing body after months of explosive corruption allegations.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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