FIFA official proposes reform plan
An official overseeing reform efforts at FIFA has produced a radical blueprint for reform of soccer s scandal-hit governing body, including the abolition of its powerful executive committee, according to a person with knowledge of the plan. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA s Audit and Compliance Committee, proposes replacing the executive committee with a dual structure. There would be a management committee including independent professionals charged with ensuring FIFA s day-to-day running, and a governing council playing more of an oversight role, the source said.
The governing council, which would have a lot less power than the executive committee, would be elected by FIFA s Congress, which consists of representatives from its 209 member associations around the world. FIFA is facing unprecedented pressure to reform following the May indictment by U.S. authorities of nine current and former soccer officials on bribery-related charges. Many of them had served on the executive committee or in other FIFA positions.
But the proposed reforms are likely to face huge resistance from many within FIFA and from six regional soccer confederations, who currently wield a lot of influence because they nominate members of the executive committee.