Former England captain David Beckham has waded into the corruption scandal engulfing world football’s governing body, Fifa calling recent developments at the organisation “despicable and awful”.
Beckham who now lives in Kensington, west London with his family since retiring from professional football said it was time for Fifa to change after Sepp Blatter resigned as president of the organisation after his re-election for a fifth term.
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Fifa is currently embroiled in two major corruption probes by authorities in Switzerland and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction,” said Beckham.
“Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game we love so much.”
US investigators have indicted seven Fifa officials on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
Swiss prosecutors are also investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, to be held in Russia and Qatar respectively.
Beckham’s career took him to Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain, and he played a key role England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
“Football is not owned by a few individuals at the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport,” he said.
“It is time for Fifa to change and we should all welcome it,” he added.