FIFA of­fi­cial pro­poses re­form plan

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

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.

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