Accord almost reached
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.