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Greg Dyke continues attack on FIFA and president Sepp Blatter

Chairman of the FA Greg Dyke
Image: Greg Dyke: Not sure Qatar will host World Cup in 2022

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is not convinced the 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar as he expects more scandals to come out of FIFA.

Dyke voiced his displeasure at Sepp Blatter's re-election as FIFA president on Friday, feeling the 79-year-old would not make it to the end of his fifth four-year term at the top of world football's governing body.

It was a damaging week in Zurich for FIFA, which began with seven officials being arrested on charges of alleged corruption, leaving Dyke to wonder just what would need to happen next for changes to come at the top.

Twenty-four hours on from his scathing comments about Blatter, Dyke launched a further attack and branded him 'paranoid' for blaming UEFA for orchestrating a hate campaign against him.

Dyke is convinced the authorities will unearth evidence discrediting the bidding process for the Qatar World Cup and if that is the case the FA chairman sees no reason why the country should host the tournament, despite assurances from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke after the election that nothing would change in that regard.

"People are assuming that 2022 will still be in Qatar, but I am not sure that is certain anymore," Dyke said.

"You look at what the Swiss authorities are doing. These are the Swiss authorities, not some small prosecuting authority from a small country - this is the Swiss - they are looking at what level of corruption was there into the awarding of that World Cup.

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"If they come out and say it was corrupt I don't think we will see a Qatar World Cup."

FIFA ruled on Saturday that a European nation could host the 2026 World Cup, and while he was not overly optimistic on the matter, Dyke would not rule out an English bid if Blatter departed.

"We won't bid for anything while Blatter is there. If he is not there we would look at the future," Dyke added. "I doubt it would go to a European country anyway because 2018 is in Europe."

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter (L) shakes hands with UEFA president Michel Platini during the 65th FIFA Congress at Zurich
Image: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini greet one another in Zurich

And he was unimpressed by Blatter's comments about the European governing body, whose president Michel Platini called on him to resign earlier in the week.

"I think he is being a bit paranoid but he ought to be because I am not sure he will be there that long," Dyke added.

"A third of the delegates voted against him, which given the amount of patronage he carries, that is a remarkable number and the people who have voted against him are by and large the big nations - most of them in Europe and, we are told, the whole of Latin America.

"These are the two big footballing continents, they don't want him anymore, we don't want him anymore and there is nothing he can do to us."

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