Marta: Where is the love?

Date published: Thursday 4th June 2015 1:07

Blatter’s decision to step down as head of world football’s governing body amid the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA has sent shockwaves throughout the game.

And Rosengard forward Marta, who is one of the most recognisable figures in the women’s game, insists Blatter’s replacement must have the right credentials to do the job.

“Independent to a man or woman it’s about capacity,” she said. “You need to have the knowledge of what needs to be done to improve the sport, so I have a preference for capability independent of whether it’s a man or woman.

“We need to find responsible people to correct the errors so football can continue to be a passion for people all around the world.”

The 29-year-old, who currently plies her trade in Sweden, would also like to see Brazil’s football federation (CBF) allocate more funding towards the women’s game in her country.

“They give 90 percent of the money for men football’s, leaving very little for women,” she said. “They must show more love for women’s football.”

Meanwhile, UK Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch hopes Blatter’s resignation from FIFA will be the catalyst for change for world football’s governing body.

“I think Sepp Blatter’s resignation was really the first step in a process of reform at FIFA,” she told Sky Sports News HQ.

“If we are going to bring about real openness, transparency and accountability at FIFA then he had to go. I really hope whoever steps forward does so with a manifesto and commitment to really and completely reform FIFA and all its governance.”

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