FIFA reform committee to finalise proposals
FIFA’s reform committee will this week finalise its recommendations for restructuring world football’s governing body, which has been battered by an unprecedented corruption scandal at the top of the organisation.
A set of preliminary proposals released last month included restricting the president’s tenure to a maximum of 12 years, making public the salaries of high-ranking officials and creating a new compliance unit, among other recommendations.
The committee, headed by Swiss lawyer Francois Carrard, is due to meet in Zurich on Thursday and Friday, where it will finalise its proposals before presenting them at a FIFA executive committee meeting that begins on December 3.
The executive committee has the right to make amendments before the reform plan is put to a vote of all 209-member federations at a special congress scheduled for February 26.
That February meeting will have the highest possible stakes for restoring FIFA’s tainted credibility.
Aside from the possible adoption of controversial reforms, members will select a replacement for FIFA’s embattled, and suspended, president Sepp Blatter, who is the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.
Carrard is not expected to disclose his committee’s final proposals this week, instead keeping them under wraps until the executive committee meeting next month.