Bin Hammam calls for FIFA shake up

29 January 2011 01:30

Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed Bin Hammam believes FIFA is in desperate need of a complete overhaul to regain football's trust - but refused to be drawn on whether he was the man to do it.

FIFA endured a torrid 2010 that saw two executive committee members suspended in relation to allegations of corruption over World Cup hosting rights, while four other officials were also sanctioned. The decision to give Qatar the 2022 World Cup also drew fierce criticism while the issue of goal-line technology continues to dog president Sepp Blatter.

"I believe that is the right way for FIFA as an organisation to restructure itself," said Bin Hammam, who will stand down as AFC president in 2015.

"I don't want to answer any questions regarding the FIFA election but now you are asking me in a different way.

"People today, maybe I'm wrong in my approach, are complaining a lot about how FIFA runs its business. Not only the term limits need to be changed or to be inserted into FIFA statutes but there are a lot of changes that need to be added to the FIFA practices and office businesses.

"The term limit will facilitate the rotation of power within the organisation. Limiting the mandate for the president will allow new people to come into power without hesitation and new people means new ideas, new thoughts and pushing the organisation ahead.

"I'm afraid that with the time we are staying in our position, our main aim in the future is how to protect myself sitting in this seat, not what I want to do for the future.

"Eight years I have worked in the AFC and the AFC is the largest organisation in the world in terms of population and our football wasn't that shining and promoted (when Hammam took over). I did a lot and I've had enough so now there is somebody else who can take over and bring the AFC new ideas.

"Frankly speaking, if I'm going to think to stay longer, I'm going to think how I protect my position, how I'm going to protect my seat and that's not the reason why I'm president."

Source: PA