Mino Raiola calls for Fifa to be replaced in extraordinary attack


uper agent Mino Raiola has launched an extraordinary attack on world football’s governing body, Fifa, and has called for the institution to be replaced.

Raiola, who counts Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Erling Haaland among his clients, has long been at loggerheads with Fifa alongside fellow super agent Jonathan Barnett, who represents the likes of Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish.

The two – as part of The Football Forum, an “international movement of football agents and players” – are railing against a series of reforms that Fifa are looking to impose which will change their game forever.

Those changes include caps on commission, more regulation and exams for agents, as well as more transparency over which agents are working for which players and clubs. Fifa insist such measures will aide the integrity of the sport, agents warn they will damage players.

Raiola has gone a step further and called for Fifa to be replaced – citing lengthy corruption scandals which have blotted the governing body’s history.

“I think Fifa should not exist,” Raiola told The Athletic. “My dream, and hopefully I live to see it, is to see a new football system, a more honest system and industry. It’s an old system.

“When you have scandals every year, it’s not a coincidence anymore. It’s a pattern, it’s part of your DNA, it’s because your organisation is what it is. So the big question today in 2021 is: what is the sense of having Fifa?

“It is the commercial institution we gave all the power to, for no reason whatsoever. I don’t understand the federations that want to be a member of an organisation that, in the past, had all these scandals. And not for one year, for the last 30 years. It started with Joao Havelange until Sepp Blatter last week was banned for another six years. So we don’t need it (Fifa). We don’t need an organisation that doesn’t know what is going on in modern football.

“I cannot accept that an organisation that has people in jail wants to regulate my life and my business. I will not accept it. I will not accept they are my boss.”

Last month, Fifa banned ex-president Sepp Blatter from football until 2028, giving him a new suspension of six years and eight months for “various violations” of their code of ethics.

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