LONDON: David Bernstein, former FA chairman, believes UEFA should boycott FIFA and the World Cup and has matched his words with actions by quitting the ‘ineffectual’ anti-racism taskforce writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Bernstein was the man who set England’s delicate relationship with the world federation back a year after proposing at FIFA Congress in 2011 that it should run for six months without a president.
Now, in a wide-ranging attack on FIFA, Bernstein has scorned the anti-discrimination commission set up three years ago under the chairmanship of CONCACAF president Jeff Webb.
Bernstein, a former Manchester City chairman, said: “I’ve resigned for two reasons.
“Firstly, the body has been pretty ineffectual. I’ve been on it for more than a year and we only had one meeting. Secondly, because frankly I don’t wish to be personally associated with FIFA any further.
“FIFA sets up these things – and we’ve seen it with their regulation – that look good in theory but don’t seem to do very much in practice.”
Bernstein would like to see the Football Association leading moves inside UEFa to boycott the World Cup in protest at FIFAs failings.
He said: “If I were at the FA now, I would do everything I could to encourage other nations within UEFA and there are some who would definitely be on side, others may be not – to take this line.
“At some stage, you have to walk the walk, stop talking and do something.”