Latest 'reform committee' a busted flush before it meets
12 August 2015
FIFA’s latest iteration of a ‘reform committee’ shows its reform efforts are once again a ‘busted flush’ according to campaign group #NewFIFANow.
The composition of the committee is largely another group of sporting insiders.
The group comprises three people involved with the Olympic Movement; two who are in business relationships with football organisations; and ten with a direct role in football including three from the FIFA Executive Committee. One of the three, Mr Abo Rida, was a voter in the 2018/2022 bidding process – a decision which led to the point we’re now at.
The Chairman of the Commtitee, Mr Francois Carrard, is a former Director-General of the International Olympic Committee, as well as a compatriot and peer of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Sheikh Ahmad from Kuwait straddles both the IOC and FIFA, and another, Mr Gosper from Australia, has been a member of the IOC for 38 years – a term length which puts even FIFA Executive Committee members in the shade.
Another reform committee member, Dr Villar, is the son of another FIFA Executive Committee member, who was also involved in the 2018/2022 decisions and whose country bid for the 2018 World Cup.
According to #NewFIFANow, the composition of FIFA's latest reform committee makes it clear that FIFA still does not understand the extent of the issues they face, not merely in terms of the necessity for independent reform but in rebuilding its reputation and credibility amongst the international community.
#NewFIFANow has been joined in its call for an interim time-limited administration led by an eminent person to oversee independent governance reform by the European Parliament, the International Trade Union Confederation, Transparency International, Avaaz and three of FIFA’s sponsors, Coca-Cola, VISA and McDonald’s.
#NewFIFANow believes that football deserves - and FIFA needs - an independent FIFA Reform Commission comprised of eminent people who can look at FIFA from the framework of a professional governance mindset and without any pecuniary relationship or history with sporting bodies.
The game's stakeholders must have absolute confidence and trust in the management and administration of the game. This will not happen with a committee comprised of FIFA, football and sports insiders.
Transparency International last week released a paper outlining how an independent FIFA Reform Commission could be established and operate, as well as draft terms of reference.
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