For MLS to operate in Canada, Canada Soccer, Concacaf AND FIFA has to sign off approval. Montagliani is suggesting that unless MLS finds a solution that brings equality to Canadian teams he is considering not sanctioning the participation of Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto, and Montreal Impact in MLS.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Victor Montagliani, member of the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee talks during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion on February 26, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“What we need to remember is that we don’t forget our history. We want to make sure that, from a confederation standpoint, history never repeats itself.”


Havelange, Blatter, Blazer, Valcke, Warner, Texeira, Platini… Franz Beckenbauer can now add his name to the list of The Untouchables who – it turns out – are in fact touchable by the law.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo FIFA Presidential Candidate Gianni Infantino speaks to the media as he unveils his 90 day plan that he will implement if he is elected FIFA President, at Wembley Stadium in London. Infantino is one of the five candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA President on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 when soccer's scandal-scarred world body picks a new president after nine months of crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

FIFA’s brand new era of “transparency” has kicked off with football’s world governing body by announcing the salary of new(ish) president Gianni Infantino.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 29: FIFA President Gianni Infantino runs with the ball during a FIFA Team Friendly Football Match at the FIFA headquarters on February 29, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

The first 100 days of Gianni Infantino’s reign as FIFA President have been given a red card by lobby group #NewFIFANow. In other words, the old guy is the same as the new guy.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29:  FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke (R) shakes hands with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter during the 65th FIFA Congress at the Hallenstadion on May 29, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Lawyers acting for FIFA revealed the scale of corruption within the organization claiming Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Markus Kattner awarded themselves $80 million in pay rises and bonuses.


If ever there was a damning example that football officials are not serious about corruption within their ranks then please direct your attention to the Asian Football Confederation.