Jerome Champagne, Sepp Blatter’s only opposition in the upcoming FIFA Presidential election, has spoken of his wish to see the world’s biggest leagues ‘give a little back’ in order to fund the development of upcoming leagues from across the globe.
According to Champagne, as cited by The Guardian, it would be the generous and righteous thing to do if the likes of the Premier League and La Liga were to provide financial backing to countries struggling to implement a high quality league as a result of a struggling economy.
Champagne referenced India as an ideal place to start, pointing to the proven popularity of the Indian Super League in major cities such as Mumbai, whilst bringing attention to the startling lack of Indian players competing in Europe’s leading leagues.
His vision consists of a ‘task force’ being set up in India where money is contributed from a variety of sources; FIFA, The Asian Football Confederation and the larger leagues, intended to bring stability and improvement to leagues already showing much potential yet lacking the financial strength to move forward.
Proof in the pudding
In an attempt to prove his plan’s solidity, Champagne referred to African football as an example, arguing that thanks to investment in Africa we now see more talented African footballers plying their trade in the Premier League, as well as more impressive performances from African nations in the World Cup.
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It may be a suspicious time for Champagne to be opening his heart with May’s presidential election looming. However should his idea be given the nod by the powers that be, the landscape of the football world could be preparing to shift.