Tracey Crouch, Secretary of State for Sport and Tourism, said Britain should consider leaving the scam tainted FIFA.
In a blog in Huffington Post, Crouch said for a long time now FIFA has been at the centre of allegations that suggest it is a deeply flawed and corrupt organisation.
“The Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee that I sat on spent a long time looking at these allegations, as uncovered by the excellent work of the insight team at the Sunday Times, without whom many of which may never have come to light. The revelations, followed by the arrests earlier this week, have dragged the reputation of football into the mud,” she wrote.
“The English FA, along with other nations in UEFA, is right to have supported Prince Ali in his challenge to Mr Blatter. It is extremely disappointing that the elections went ahead as scheduled given the seriousness of the allegations that led to the arrests of members of the executive. However the outcome shows why Blatter and FIFA insisted they did because the threat of revolt from other nations beyond the UEFA family is growing stronger.
“What happens over the course of the next few days, weeks or months will determine the future direction of the world’s governing body. Change must happen. I want to see strong action from the FA and UEFA to up the ante on Sepp Blatter and FIFA. My boss the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said in the House of Commons on Thursday that leaving FIFA would be a “nuclear” option but one that would have to be carefully considered by our footballing authorities if Blatter won. And he is spot on. A UEFA withdrawal from FIFA would certainly damage the World Cup and put real pressure on Sepp Blatter’s leadership.”