We need a new FIFA, not just suspension and bans
October 8, 2015
#NewFIFANow welcomes the 90-day suspension of the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter as well as Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke, and awaits the outcome of the related processes in which they are involved. #NewFIFANow also notes the six-year ban and fine given to Presidential candidate, Dr Moon-Jung Chung of Korea.
However, suspensions and bans - while heading in the right direction - will not fix FIFA.
It is still imperative that the underlying governance and cultural issues that operate within FIFA, and that have allowed these serial allegations of financial irregularities to occur over decades, are addressed once and for all.
The FIFA Senior Vice-President, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, who will replace Blatter for the period of his suspension was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee in 2011, and has been the subject of bribery allegations by a Qatar-bid whistleblower. He has denied the allegations related to Qatar.
The UEFA First Vice-President, Angel Maria Villar Llona of Spain, who is in line to replace Platini for the period of his suspension, did not cooperate with FIFA's own 21-month Ethics Committee investigation into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process, conducted by Michael Garcia.
Hayatou and Villar Llona would be disqualified from holding these positions - even temporarily - under governance arrangements to which most organisations are held accountable.
The only way that the international community can have any trust in FIFA in the future is to end the crisis of corruption and management, and for the organisation to be transformed.
A time-limited independent FIFA Reform Commission led by an eminent person with governance expertise 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 can be simply achieved by a vote of the Congress.
An independent FIFA Reform Commission led by an eminent person in governance has also been advocated by the European Parliament as well as FIFA sponsors, Coca-Cola, VISA and McDonald's.
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