FIFA Presidential campaign steps-up a gear with Brussels forum
January 15, 2016
The campaign for the FIFA Presidency steps-up a gear in Brussels in 12 days time when four of the candidates will assemble at the European Parliament.
#NewFIFANow, via co-founder British MP Damian Collins, has convened the forum in conjunction with Marc Tarabella, Ivo Belet, Emma McClarkin and Santiago Fisas Ayxelà from the European Parliament.
The candidates attending are Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Prince Ali of Jordan.
Each candidate will present their platform for reforming FIFA, in the wake of the revelations over the past eight months, as well as participate in a moderated Q&A.
“I am delighted to be able to join with representatives of the European Parliament at this important juncture in FIFA’s history,” said #NewFIFANow co-founder, Damian Collins MP.
“Since our inaugural forum in Brussels last year, #NewFIFANow has been able to garner tremendous support and momentum from around the world,”
“FIFA is at a crucial crossroads. Fans want to be heard, players want to be heard, and what they are saying is that ‘enough is enough’ with the corruption and mismanagement in the game.”
Mr Collins said that, instead of FIFA taking positive steps since January last year, the news continues to get worse.
“This forum gives the candidates a wonderful opportunity to show all of us whether and how they can make a difference and turn around the credibility, reputation and perception of the organisation they want to lead.”
#NewFIFANow, the European Parliament and other advocacy groups, such as the International Trade Union Confederation, Transparency International and football supporters’ groups, have been advocating for independent governance reform of FIFA led by an eminent person.
Four of FIFA’s major sponsors – Coca-Cola, VISA, McDonald’s and Budweiser – have also called for independent reform.
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