Today new FA Chairman, David Bernstein showed plenty of guts and a lot of leadership in standing up to FIFA.
The FA get a lot of stick, some justified, some not so, off the media in this country.
When former Man City Chairman, Bernstein called for the suspension of the election that saw Sepp Blatter re-elected as President of FIFA for another 4 years, he sent a clear message to Blatter and his FIFA cronies.
Some say its too little too late, but at least they had a go.
In doing what David Bernstein did today, the FA risked becoming more isolated and further antagonising FIFA.
David Bernstein and The FA deserve to be Applauded
On this occasion they had the guts to stick their heads above the parapet.
Bernstein could have sat in reluctant silence for the sake of keeping the FA inside FIFA’s cosy little family. Like many other spineless countries do.
German legend Franz Beckenbauer sat on the 22 man Executive Committee that awarded the 2022 games to Qatar, as did Michel Platini.
How can Beckenbauer still be backing Blatter as he is doing in public? Surely he has now been tainted by association.
As for Platini, in saying that it has nothing to do with him as he is UEFA, not FIFA, he is basically shrugging his shoulders and allowing the status quo to continue.
And as the head of UEFA, this man is a major power in world football.
Too many countries won’t speak out as they are too busy looking after their own self interests. At least today, the English FA did speak out.
While the likes of Platini and Beckenbauer sit there quietly letting football get dragged through the mud like this, you have to ask yourself, does football get what it deserves?