FIFA Takes initial steps toward reform

FIFA REFORM

FIFA has approved plans to revamp its Ethics Committee, although other recommendations presented by anti-corruption tsar Mark Pieth were put on hold leading to criticism of the pledge of world football’s governing body to clean house.

FIFA’s Ethics Committee will now be split into two separate divisions, with one to investigate cases and the other to judge them. The new-look Ethics Committee and the Audit and Compliance Committee will be led by independent chairmen. FIFA said Pieth will choose three candidates to chair each of the investigative and judging chambers.

FIFA’s Executive Committee has also backed a proposal that states candidates for certain positions within the organisation should be vetted. FIFA last year unveiled Pieth as leader of the Independent Governance Committee to oversee reform of the body on the back of a torrid few months that witnessed the furore over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, along with the corruption scandal associated with its presidential election.

Pieth had promised to deliver a “tough” report, but FIFA has stated that a number of issues will be “further discussed according to the road map”, which could possibly fall after its annual Congress in Budapest in May.

These included the make-up of the executive committee and the controversial bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Meanwhile, the proposal to limit the mandates of the president and Executive Committee members to two four-year termshas also been put on the back-burner. Nevertheless, FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated the approved measures, which will be up for approval at May’s Congress, marked a “historic day for FIFA’s reform process”.

I can say that the executive committee unanimously agreed to this new approach in our efforts for more transparency, integrity and also how to fight against all the devils which are in our society, and also touches our games – Reuters.

Source : FIFA.com

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