Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warns FIFA

Updated: August 26, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called on FIFA president Sepp Blatter to introduce reforms in soccer or risk the fate of toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Rummenigge told Swiss business magazine Bilanz on Friday that Blatter would be smart to introduce reforms "before his successor does it, or before a revolution comes from outside.

"Mubarak never imagined a year ago that he would be hounded from office."

Rummenigge, also the Bayern Munich chairman, threatened a split unless there's changes.

He said "FIFA and UEFA need the clubs for a World Cup or European Championship. But the clubs don't need them. Theoretically, we could play Bundesliga and Champions League -- even without the associations."

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