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Sports minister calls on radical reforms at FIFA

The recent damning report by FIFA's ethics committee has convinced Sports minister Hugh Robertson that the world football's governing body needs a drastic overhaul. The report says there is "comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming" evidence that FIFA member Mohamed Bin Hammam tried to bribe officials during his presidential campaign.

Jack Warner, who resigned as FIFA vice-president and quit all football activities on Monday, was also mentioned in the report as "an accessory to corruption".

Robertson admitted he was shocked by the latest revelations and again called for change at FIFA.

"The events of the last two days absolutely confirm that FIFA needs fundamental reform," Robertson told Press Association Sport.

"It needs to become far more transparent and accountable.

"There can be no doubt about that. FIFA has got to be fundamentally reformed.

"As far as Jack Warner is concerned, FIFA have commissioned an ethics committee report.

"The Press Association seem to have an early copy of it and if indeed the report says what your copy suggests it is going to say then it is a very serious indictment not only of the two individuals concerned but of the way that FIFA operates.

"And it absolutely strengthens the need for fundamental reform."

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