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Bates calls for Fifa breakaway

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has urged European football nations to break away from Fifa.

Bates has called for the Fifa breakaway following England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Bates told Yorkshire Radio: "I'm of the opinion that the big European nations should resign from Fifa and start their own organisation.

"If they (Fifa) didn't have Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom there wouldn't be a Fifa. There wouldn't be a Uefa for that matter.

"The only way to deal with Fifa is to withdraw from it and let them get on with it.

"Fifa are a two-bob organisation above any law and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

"It's a case of the tail wagging the dog. We have little Jack Warner standing in the corner, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the oil states. All that happens is they keep giving the votes to Blatter so he stays there in power.

"The fact of the matter is we (England) have the best stadiums and the best infrastructure. If you think of the disaster of the Champions League final in Moscow a couple of years ago when people were being billeted 100 miles away it's a joke.

"And as for Qatar - I always think someone is clearing their throat when they say that.

"How are they going to develop football? Australia, who have all the stadia and put a tremendous Olympics on, would have put on a great show."

"Fifa is a waste of space. It's a money making organisation and I don't think they give a damn about football."

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