Statement re latest FIFA taskforce
21 July 2015
The process put forward by FIFA yesterday for yet another internal reform taskforce is more of the same.
Only independent reform led by an eminent person drawing on external governance experts to review, develop and implement substantial bottom-up and top-down reforms will result in the systemic and cultural change needed within world football.
FIFA has ‘been there and done that’ with internal taskforces previously, beginning with Sepp Blatter’s ‘good governance’ committee in 2011. Since then, it has window-dressed other internally-driven reform attempts led by experts such as Professor Mark Pieth. These attempts have been ineffective, with many of those involved acknowledging that FIFA is incapable of reforming itself.
The US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch made it clear at the time of the indictments of 14 Caribbean football officials in May, including the former and current President of CONCACAF, that the corruption and mismanagement around FIFA is endemic and has been going on for decades.
In all this time, neither President Blatter nor existing Executive Committee members have apparently noticed the corruption going on under their noses, even though it was brought to their attention by investigative journalists and former football officials - let alone done anything to stop it.
Without independent reform, the global community can have little-to-no trust or confidence in worldwide football administration and management.
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