Ex-England captain David Beckham slams 'despicable' FIFA

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Sepp Blatter is set to stand down as FIFA president following two corruption probes and David Beckham says the time for change is now.

The golden boy of English football, David Beckham, has slammed the 'despicable' actions of FIFA and says it is time for a change - as reported by the Guardian.

The former England captain, who has scored at three different World Cups, is hopeful that the corruption revelations in the sport's governing body will now send the so-called beautiful game in the right direction.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is set to stand down from his 17-year reign at the helm, much to the delight of world football after two corruption probes, which his colleagues are alleged to be heavily involved in.

Beckham, who played a huge role in England's unsuccessful bid for hosting the World Cup in 2018, believes that it is time to give the game back to the people it is really about.

"Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game we love so much," the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said in a statement.

"Whilst it has not been good to read some of the headlines surrounding our sport recently, I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction.

"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.

"It is time for FIFA to change and we should all welcome it."

News broke of an FBI-led investigation last week – per the BBC - which resulted in seven FIFA officials being arrested on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Although allegations of such behaviour had been simmering for some time, the way has now been cleared to break a corrupt empire that was undermining football.

As a result of these latest developments, Swiss prosecutors are also investigating the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

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