Platini expects Blatter FIFA reform

20 October 2011 02:05

Michel Platini has expressed his belief that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is "really motivated" to bring in reforms following the corruption scandals of the previous 12 months.

The UEFA president held talks with the eight European FIFA members in Zurich to discuss their strategy for the world governing body's executive committee meeting.

Blatter's proposals for reform are to be discussed on Friday and Platini said: "I get the impression that Mr Blatter is really motivated to change something - we will see."

His proposals are thought to include a new 'solutions committee' to deliver reforms, a stronger ethics committee with more powers to investigate alleged wrongdoing, and rules obliging FIFA members to pass a fit and proper person's test before they are permitted to sit on the executive committee.

Blatter has already announced some other plans, including having all 206 FIFA countries voting on future World Cup hosts rather than the 25-man executive committee.

FIFA have been under pressure to change after the damaging corruption controversy.

Two FIFA members were banned last year following investigations by the Sunday Times, and this year presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned for life for bribery, with FIFA vice-president Jack Warner resigning a month after being charged with the same offence.

Source: PA