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Fifa is not democratic - Rummenigge

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has criticised football world governing Fifa for lacking democracy and failing to help club football.

"In this federation there is no longer any democracy. It is becoming increasingly egoistic," he said in an interview to appear in Thursday's Muenchner Merkur newspaper.

"Everything is being done for the national associations and nothing more for the clubs."

Rummenigge, who is also chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said: "The clubs are displeased and it is heading towards an escalation because Fifa is showing no signs of building a democratic basis."

Fifa were making decisions without consultation, said Rummenigge, who cited the match calendar and the issue of technical aids as examples.

"We see Fifa as the classic case of an abuse of a monopoly," he said.

Rummenigge called on Fifa to reduce the number of internationals per year, saying that if that did not happen it would be "a severe test."

Fifa president Joseph Blatter is seeking a fourth term as president of the governing body at a vote in Zurich on June 1. He is being challenged by Mohamed bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation.


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