57th FIFA Congress, Zurich, 30 and 31 May 2007 p3
The FIFA President said that football faced dangers in the shape of corruption, doping, cheating and racism also took the opportunity to praise the four British associations for their decision not to tolerate the comments made by their Vice-President-elect, John McBeth, and to withdraw his nomination instead. At an extraordinary meeting on 30 May, the four British associations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – had named The Football Association chairman, Geoff Thompson, as their new FIFA Vice-President. Thompson was therefore officially installed at the FIFA Congress on 31 May.
In closing, Blatter reiterated FIFA’s determination to safeguard the autonomy of football: “Sport has be able to manage itself. We need to have the strength and the courage to accept that responsibility and to settle our own affairs.” He also stressed that protecting the very nature of the game was just as important: “Football is a game of the people for people, a game with mistakes and errors. Let us defend the human
face of football!”