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EPL criticizes FIFA over governing issues

08-03-2011 08:30 BJT

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Sticking with the world's most popular game, the chief executive of the English Premier League is criticizing FIFA over its recent problems. Richard Scudamore says the world football governing body must solve its internal issues, or it risks the reputation of a sport that is enjoying unprecedented popularity.

As chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore presides over perhaps the world's most well known football division.

But he is concerned over current troubles and allegations facing FIFA. He believes the game's governing body must sort out its affairs as quickly as possible. "It has to be sorted out. It has to move on. Everything's moving. It's an ever-moving feast and I'm sure things will change. They always do and they have to."

Scudamore believes FIFA has recently taken on too much and might benefit from narrowing their scope to the organization's original task of simply running world football.

Richard Scudamore said, "In some ways we have to get to a situation where roles are focused, where things are narrower. This is, there's a lot of politics involved but it's much easier to stick to the bits that are your responsibility."

Closer to home, the Premier League will enter a brave new world of cost consciousness when financial fair play rules come into effect in 2013. But Scudamore says he doesn't see the new rules changing the League's competitive balance much.

"I think we will see some altering of what goes on but still the best clubs, that are best managed, that have the best chance of generating revenues, will be able to attract the world's top talent. So I don't see it having a particular impact other than it will act in some ways as some sort of expenses cap." Said Richard.

As for other on the field matters, Scudamore supports the implementation of goal-line technology. The law-making International Football Association Board will rule in March on whether to approve the system.

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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