Ac­cord al­most reached

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FOOTBALL - TOM SMITHIES

A RES­O­LU­TION to foot­ball’s two- year civil war could be in sight, af­ter days of ne­go­ti­a­tions brought an 11th- hour break­through in the bat­tle for po­lit­i­cal con­trol.

Less than 72 hours be­fore a piv­otal emer­gency gen­eral meet­ing to de­ter­mine the power struc­ture at the head of the game, agree­ment ap­pears to have been struck among all those who will vote on a set of re­forms backed by FIFA but op­posed by the board of Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia.

The Sun­day Tele­graph un­der­stands that all 10 mem­bers of FFA – the nine states and fed­er­a­tions, plus the A- League clubs com­bined – have signed a new no­tice that was sub­mit­ted to FFA late on Fri­day, call­ing an ear­lier EGM on Tues­day.

The EGM will con­sider a set of re­forms put to­gether with FIFA’s im­pri­matur and which share power more widely around the game.

The new no­tice in­cludes amend­ments reached af­ter in­ten­sive talks be­tween the key stake­hold­ers in the last few days, most no­tably adding all the states to the work­ing group that will de­sign a new model for the A- League once the re­forms are passed.

It had been feared that three or four of the states would vote down the re­forms, bring­ing into sharp re­lief the prospect of FIFA los­ing pa­tience and pos­si­bly sus­pend­ing Aus­tralia from world foot­ball on the eve of the Soc­ceroos’ Asian Cup de­fence.

But the fact that all the vot­ing mem­bers have signed the new no­tice has brought fresh op­ti­mism that the re­form pack­age will be passed on Tues­day, de­spite FFA’s board is­su­ing a de­tailed ar­gu­ment against it.

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