Sports minister calls for Fifa reform

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Sports minister Hugh Robertson believes the secret report by Fifa's ethics committee furthers the need for "fundamental reform" of world football's governing body.

The report says there is "comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming" evidence that Fifa member Mohamed Bin Hammam tried to bribe officials during his presidential campaign.

Jack Warner, who resigned as Fifa vice-president and quit all football activities on Monday, was also mentioned in the report as "an accessory to corruption".

Despite the report, Fifa announced that they have dropped all investigations into Warner and that "the presumption of innocence is maintained".

Robertson admitted he was shocked by the latest revelations and again called for change at Fifa.

"The events of the last two days absolutely confirm that Fifa needs fundamental reform," Robertson told Press Association Sport.

"It needs to become far more transparent and accountable.

"There can be no doubt about that. Fifa has got to be fundamentally reformed.

"As far as Jack Warner is concerned, Fifa have commissioned an ethics committee report.

"The Press Association seem to have an early copy of it and if indeed the report says what your copy suggests it is going to say then it is a very serious indictment not only of the two individuals concerned but of the way that Fifa operates.

"And it absolutely strengthens the need for fundamental reform."