Blatter suspension welcome but not enough
October 7, 2015
#NewFIFANow welcomes media reports that the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has recommended a 90-day suspension of the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.
However, even if the media reports are accurate, it is still short of what is required to fix FIFA.
With criminal investigations reaching the highest levels of FIFA, and potential ethics investigations into other Presidential candidates, it once again reinforces the need for a complete 'new broom' at FIFA to implement independent reform and essentially to start again.
The FIFA Senior Vice-President is Issa Hayatou of Cameroon who is in line to replace Blatter for the period of his suspension. Mr Hayatou was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee in 2011 and has been the subject of bribery allegations by a Qatar-bid whistelblower, which he has denied.
The only way that the international community can have any trust in FIFA in the future is to end the crisis of corruption and the crisis of management.
A time-limited independent FIFA Reform Commission led by an eminent person is the only way forward.
Together with Transparency International and the International Trade Union Confederation, #NewFIFANow calls on the 209 football associations and the remaining Executive Committee members to do the right thing by the game of football and allow independent reform to happen now. This has also been advocated by the European Parliament and FIFA sponsors, Coca-Cola, VISA and McDonald's.
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