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Whittingdale: Blatter should take responsibility and step down

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport told ITV News Sepp Blatter should take responsibility for the scandal engulfing Fifa and stand down.

John Whittingdale said: "It's impossible to think of any other organisation were somebody facing such a crisis shouldn't take some responsibility and stand aside."

I think the arrests came as no real surprise to anyone who's been looking at Fifa over the last few years the evidence of serious corruption within Fifa is overwhelming.

– John Whittingdale

Culture Secretary: Fifa result 'incredibly disappointing'

Culture Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale has called Sepp Blatter's reappointment as Fifa president "incredibly disappointing".

"When presented with overwhelming demands for change, many Fifa members still opted for the status quo - for a president who's overseen an organisation tainted with accusations of corruption," Whittingdale said.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"A system designed to support the incumbent has returned a predictable result, but with its authority severely diminished," he continued

"The investigations taking place make it clear that Fifa needs to change, and change now. I hope the voices calling for this change within the football community can be successful and do not continue to find their efforts blocked and frustrated by vested interests."


MP 'doesn't have confidence' in Fifa president Blatter

John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee, has said he "does not have any confidence" in Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

He told ITV News, "Sepp Blatter has known about these allegations for a considerable amount of time. We called upon him to act swiftly to clear up the concerns three years ago.

"Very little has been done since then and I have to say, I do not have any confidence in him as President of Fifa."

MP's half-brother arrested over sex abuse claims

Detectives investigating historical child abuse claims in North Wales care homes have arrested the half-brother of senior Conservative MP John Whittingdale.

Charles Napier, 65, was held under a new strand of an existing investigation into alleged child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London.

Mr Whittingdale, 53, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said of his half-brother's arrest:

If allegations have been made, of course I accept the police should investigate this.