In a sport where team managers have to tread carefully in press conferences and players have to follow exemplary standards on the field of play, today FIFA's President, Sepp Blatter, stands accused by the Swiss Authorities of 'criminal mismanagement or misappropriation' (in relation to a TV rights deal)
It begs the question - how has football become subjected to such corruption?
If FIFA are corrupt to their very core, then where does the corruption begin and end?
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It's a very sad day for football, that many in the game have suspected for a very long time, but how does the sport move on from here?
There are more questions than answers right now, but one thing is for sure - massive changes are needed to draw a line under Sepp Blatter's reign as FIFA President, for the sport to move on and enjoy a period of positive transition.
A welcome change
Blatter had positioned himself as the all empowering politician of the sport since the turn of the century and whatever FIFA do from this day forward, they must ensure that no individual holds such power ever again.
FIFA must represent a clear voice amongst all league football associations across the world and this will need to be conducted in the same way many other sporting organisations do today - with a sense of autonomy amongst a council of learned advisors.
For anything else will simply lead to another politically led individual taking over the reigns of an organisation no football fan or Football Association can take seriously - period.
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