FIFA critic Gary Lineker has once again hit out at football’s governing body despite agreeing to present the 2018 World Cup draw just a week ago.
Lineker has hit out at FIFA on several occasions in the past but was paid £20,000 to conduct the draw ahead of next summer’s tournament in Russia.
Lineker has called on FIFA to show they are transparent following the Russia doping scandal
Commenting on the recent Russia doping scandal which has seen president of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko banned for life by International Olympic Committee, Lineker said: ‘Watching the new evidence from FIFA regarding Mutko, Russia and doping very closely.
‘It’s time for the new FIFA regime to show that they are as serious as they say they are about restoring integrity, honesty and transparency to the governing body of our great game.’
He has previously been highly critical of the governing body, tweeting in 2014: ‘It makes you feel sick actually, the whole FIFA thing. The corruption at the top level is nauseous.’ The following year he said FIFA was a ‘revolting organisation’ and in 2016 he called it ‘a disgrace’.
Brushing off accusations of hypocrisy, Lineker said he would not have taken the job if disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter had not been ousted in 2015.
Tory MP David Davies said: ‘One minute he is having a go at them and the next he is happy to pocket thousands of pounds. It seems a little bit two-faced.’
Former footballer Lineker recently invited Sportsmail’s chief sports reporter Matt Lawton out for a beer to discuss FIFA and the Russia scandal.
Matt Lawton tweeted Lineker: ‘And there is evidence, particularly in Russia. It’s why we were surprised to see you in Moscow. Hard to separate this WC from Mutko and Co.’
To which Lineker replied: ‘Happily discuss over a beer why I did it. It was for the right reasons.’
Lineker previously agreed to meet Sportsmail’s Matt Lawton to discuss Mutko and Russia