ZURICH - Argentine FA President Julio
Grondona rounded on England during a speech to the FIFA
Congress on Wednesday, saying the country appeared to harbour a
grudge since 1974 when Stanley Rous lost the presidency of football's governing body to Joao Havelange.
Grondona, speaking in his capacity as head of FIFA's Finance Committee, also attacked British media, which he said
"lies rather than telling the truth and this disturbs the
England's FA had proposed delaying FIFA's presidential
election in light of a damaging corruption scandal that led to
the suspension of two senior FIFA officials following
Seventeen associations voted in favour of the proposal at
the annual Congress while 172 voted against it, leaving
incumbent Sepp Blatter to be re-elected unopposed later on
"It cannot be that the problems always come from the same
side," said Grondona.
"Since 1974, things have changed and it seemed that this
country didn't like it... now, we are in 2011 and they still
seem to always have something to say.
"If you have proof, then show, but don't keep bothering
He also labelled Britain as privileged "because they have
four national teams and none of the rest of us have anything".
England had caused problems "at every Congress I have been
to," he added.
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