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FIFA happenings: Gill for vice president, Beckenbauer urges publication of corruption report


Former Manchester United chief executive and current British FA executive David Gill has declared his intention to run for the FIFA vice president vacancy, although he had previously rejected the idea.

Northern Ireland’s Jim Boyce, occupying the position now, will retire in May.

Gill will have to beat out Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie and Welsh FA president Trefor Lloyd Hughes for the spot.

“I believe there is an opportunity, if elected, to use the Fifa position to make a real difference,” Gill said.

“Having sounded out many people across the game, including fellow board members at Manchester United, the FA and Uefa, I would hope to make a positive contribution and use my candidacy to drive a debate for continued reform.”

In other news, former FIFA executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer believes that the corruption reports into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids should be released to the public.

U.S. attorney Michael Garcia wrote the report, but none of its details have been divulged to the rest of the world. FIFA president Sepp Blatter made it known that he will keep the investigation private, while multiple FIFA-tied men, including Beckenbauer, have claimed they find no problem with the inspection being made public.

“I think they will find an opportunity to find a good result,” Beckenbauer said, via the Daily Mail. “But if you ask me personally, for me it’s no difference if the report is published or not, it’s just my opinion as a spectator.

“If you don’t have anything to hide you can just bare the report. If FIFA wants to publish this report they should do it, I can’t find anything to be upset about.”