FIFA resignation letter

English FA board member Heather Rabbatts quits FIFA’s anti discrimination task force over the corruption crisis.

Letter to FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke today:

“I am writing to you in relation to my involvement with the FIFA Task Force against Racism and Discrimination. It would have been my intention to write to the chairman but as I understand he is currently not available, I am therefore sending this to you in your capacity as Secretary General. I wish to inform you that I am withdrawing with immediate effect from the FIFA Task Force. This has not been an easy decision, as I believe that the challenges facing FIFA on the issue of Racism and Discrimination are very significant, particularly in relation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and whilst FIFA has not taken these issues seriously in the past, progress has recently been made.

“However my willingness to play a part in the development of policies in this area is outweighed by the disastrous effect on FIFA’s reputation of recent events. Like many in the game I find it unacceptable that so little has been done to reform FIFA and it is clear from the re-election of President Blatter that the challenges facing FIFA and the ongoing damage to the reputation of football’s world governing body are bound to continue to overshadow and undermine the credibility of any work in the anti-discrimination arena and beyond. My commitment to challenging discrimination across the game remains undiminished and I will continue to work with the English FA and other international partners on this fundamental issue in our game.”

Yours sincerely

Heather Rabbatts