When FFA chief executive officer Ben Buckley proclaimed last week that "FFA had complied with its obligations under relevant agreements, laws and regulations related to the World Cup bid", he was quite accurate - but he missed the point. He is also on record as saying that FFA "believe the bid process was flawed" - and this is the point.
Knowing the bid process was flawed, Australia ran a reputational risk with taxpayers' money in opting to play the bidding game in such an environment.
The campaign to introduce greater transparency and accountability to FIFA, spearheaded by ChangeFIFA and British MP Damian Collins, is an initiative everyone interested in good governance and/or soccer should support. Their view is that FIFA should be reformed by an interim time-limited administration, led by an eminent person with a mandate to develop a new constitution and conduct elections because FIFA is not capable of reforming itself.
Without reform, the same flawed environment will continue to exist, spawning and rewarding international consultants, such as those Australia engaged at a cost to taxpayers of about $8.3 million.
Players and fans have a right and responsibility to shape the local as well as international soccer environment, and Australia should be championing reform, rather than passively accepting FIFA's flawed governance.
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