European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at FIFA and called for the 200 clubs in his organisation to protest.The Bayern Munich chief executive officer spoke in the wake of the lifetime ban handed to ex-Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam on July 23, after the Qatari was found guilty of bribery accusations.
Former Germany international Rummenigge also targeted FIFA president Sepp Blatter, despite his pledge to rid the game’s governing body of corruption.
“Sepp Blatter is saying (that he’s cleaning up the game) but the fact that no one believes him tells you everything you need to know,” Rummenigge told The Guardian.
“I’m not optimistic because they believe the system is working perfectly as it is. It’s a money machine, World Cup after World Cup, and, for them, that’s more important than serious and clean governance.”
“It is a nice game but (it) is decided by people who are corrupt. I am not ready to accept the system as it is and I am not alone. I am asking for transparency, balance and democracy in governing bodies like FIFA and UEFA. “
“I don’t accept any longer that we (should be) guided by people who are not serious and clean. Now is the moment to intervene, because knowing something is wrong is an obligation to change.”
Rummenigge has long been an opponent of international friendlies, and again touched on the subject.
“European clubs provided 75 percent of the players for the 2010 World Cup, and each club lost at least 10 million euros but we accepted it as a favour to the players, and now we find dates have been given for international friendlies,” he said.
“When I won the European Championship (with West Germany in 1980), there were eight teams in the finals. That figure will triple by 2016. In the World Cup, it used to be 16 teams, now it’s 32.”
“The clubs pay the players but are not part of the decision-making process. We are not treated respectfully.”