David Beckham has condemned Fifa for the “despicable” corruption scandal that led to the resignation of Sepp Blatter on Tuesday.
Blatter’s resignation was preceded by the arrests of seven senior officials at a Zurich hotel, with 14 people then indicted by the US Department of Justice under charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering.
The Swiss nonetheless won re-election as Fifa president last Friday but subsequently opted to step down, on the same day that his secretary general, Jerome Valcke, was implicated in the DOJ’s investigations into a $10 million payment to former vice-president Jack Warner.
Beckham has now revealed his disgust at the furore, but hopes that Blatter’s resignation will lead to reform at world football’s governing body.
In a statement, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said: “Whilst it has not been good to read some of the headlines surrounding our support recently, I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction.
“Some of the things that we know now happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game we love so much.
“Football is not owned by a few individuals the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport. It is time for Fifa to change and we should all welcome it.”