FA urged to push harder for FIFA reform
The Football Association has been urged by MPs to take action to try to prevent FIFA reforms becoming 'a sham'.
Campaigning MP Damian Collins has written to FA chairman David Bernstein asking him to put reform proposals to FIFA's Congress in May. The deadline for proposals is Good Friday and Collins, who is being backed by three other MPs, is concerned that recommendations being made by FIFA's own independent governance committee are not even on the Congress agenda.
He said in the letter: "This was supposed to be the moment when FIFA embraced the need for greater transparency in its financial affairs and key decision-making processes, but instead the impression has been created that (FIFA president) Sepp Blatter and the FIFA executive committee have no serious commitment to reform, and that the whole process has been a sham.
"I would like to ask if the FA would submit a proposal for the four key recommendations for reform recently presented by the independent governance committee to be debated and voted on."
The proposals urged by Collins are: Independent integrity checks for all FIFA officials, independent observers in FIFA executive committee meetings, FIFA to publish officials' pay and benefits as with other not-for-profit organisations and to have a new bidding and decision-making process for the host of events such as the World Cup.
Collins added: "These recommendations get to the heart of the need for reform within FIFA.
"There needs to be greater independent scrutiny of the work of the executive committee and in particular the decision-making process around the awarding of the hosting rights for the World Cup.
"Members of the FIFA executive committee should also be required to declare the total value of their compensation package (including salary and benefits).
"It should be clear what other financial interests executive committee members hold, so that there can be no question of a conflict of interest arising when lucrative TV rights are awarded for FIFA football tournaments."
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