PtG Article 08.08.2011

Rummenigge questions Blatter’s ability to head FIFA

In an interview with Sky Sports, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Head of the European Club Association, criticises newly re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter for not being fit for the job.

"The president of FIFA has to be a fair, a serious and a very democratic gentleman," Rummenigge says in the interview with Sky Sports News and continues:

"Mr Blatter is now re-elected for the next four years and I'm very curious: is he fit for all these requests? I am not convinced that is true.”

According to Rummenigge, the international football body needs a more democratic approach to the governing of football than it currently has.

"My request is not getting more power, it's about having more democracy and more governance and I believe it's a quite normal request. I would like to request that not just clubs, but leagues, referees and women players have to be included in the decision-making.

"If Mr Blatter and his colleagues are ready to do that, then fine. If not, we will have to see what we can do to convince him."

Previously there have been talks about setting up a breakaway league that would take Europe's top teams away from FIFA's control, but Rummenigge denied that these plans were still in place.

The entire interview with Karl Heinz Rummenigge can be seen here