FIFA proposes governance overhaul

30 March 2012 05:46

Football governing body FIFA announced Friday an overhaul of its governance structure, in a bid to avoid a repeat of the massive corruption scandal that hit the organisation in 2011.

Under proposed reforms, its ethics committee would be split into two chambers, an arm which would investigate allegations and another which would adjudicate, said FIFA chief Sepp Blatter after a meeting of the executive committee.

The ethics committee would also act as a nomination unit by screening candidates for any office bearer positions in FIFA.

The reforms would be put to FIFA's 2012 Congress to be held in Budapest on May 24 and 25, during which two chairmen would be named to head the new entities.

In July 2011, Asian football supremo Mohamed bin Hammam was banned from the game for life after being found guilty of corruption.

The 62-year-old Qatari, the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), had been accused of trying to buy votes in the FIFA presidential election with $40,000 cash gifts to Caribbean football officials.

A slew of Caribbean football officials were also later sanctioned in connection to the case.

Meanwhile, FIFA on Friday also agreed to admit new members directly rather than waiting for two years, a move which would facilitate the joining of fledgling state South Sudan.

Source: AFP

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