Dein, one of world football’s great networkers with an unrivalled contacts book, has been thinking about this since he was disillusioned by the murky £1.35million consultancy cheque paid by Sepp Blatter to Michel Platini nine years late and with no written contract to validate it.
The last straw for Dein, international president of England’s doomed 2018 bid, was Blatter’s extraordinary admission this week that there was a gentlemen’s agreement among the big players on the FIFA executive before the vote in December 2010 for the World Cup to go to Russia.
Former FA and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein wants FIFA abolished and recreated under a new name
Dein was disillusioned by the £1.35m paid by Sepp Blatter (left) to Michel Platini (right)
Dein said: ‘FIFA’s image is corrupted beyond repair. It has to be dissolved. There needs to be a clean start with a new untainted name such as the World Soccer Association.
‘I will be talking to people and consulting lawyers to see what can be done. But it is the government agencies in the United States and Switzerland who can really make this happen.’
Dein is not alone in believing FIFA have no future in their current chronic state. MPs on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee echoed that opinion this week.