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Carlos Alberto says former players should run football

Carlos Alberto (right) says things at FIFA must change
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Former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto has weighed in with his opinion on the scandal affecting FIFA, and says those in charge of football should be people who previously played the game.

Sepp Blatter and other figures of authority in the governing body of world football have been accused of bribery and corruption recently. Alberto, who helped the Seleção to win the World Cup in 1970, told Reuters: "There should be a general change; there are so many good people who could take office.


"Michel Platini is doing a fantastic job at UEFA; you can see the success of the Champions League. There's Beckenbauer, who brilliantly organised the 2006 World Cup in Germany," continued Alberto, who scored one of the most famous World Cup goals against Italy in the 1970 final.


Blatter is set to begin his fourth term in charge of FIFA, but Alberto thinks it's time for change: "I think there should be new people in command of the bodies. With the same people staying [in power] so long there is a vicious circle. I think renewal is good in any area, not just football.


"That thing of a person being eternally in charge creates complications that make people suspect there is corruption," he added. "The ideal would be for things to be clear, in the sense of honest, but from the moment there are suspicions I don't think it's at all good for football."


Carlos Alberto played for Brazil for 13 years, scoring eight times in 53 appearances. Since retiring from playing in 1982, he has had a long career in coaching, and has managed 12 sides, most recently the Azerbaijan national team in 2005.


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