FIFA Presidential candidates asked to say what they believe in
November 29, 2015
The five FIFA Presidential candidates have been asked to nominate their top three priorities if they take the top job as part of an online survey from #NewFIFANow.
“In the eleven months since #NewFIFANow was established, we have had the opportunity to speak with a wide range of people in the community and what their concerns are about FIFA,” said co-founder, Damian Collins MP. “This includes fans, players, sponsors, other advocacy groups and grassroots volunteers.
“Overwhelmingly, the people who pay their money to go to football matches, or who give up their time to make grassroots football work, are disgusted by the corruption within FIFA and world football, as well as the continuing mismanagement of the situation by FIFA.
“#NewFIFANow has said consistently that world football’s governing body needs more democracy, more transparency and more accountability and this should apply to the FIFA Presidential election also.”
Mr Collins said the 30 questions to the candidates were developed on the basis of concerns and expectations expressed internationally.
Questions include who they would vote for in the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if a new vote was held; whether they would publish total remuneration packages and pecuniary interests for the President and key FIFA executives; whether they would work to recover the money lost to corruption; and how they think FIFA is perceived within the wider community.
“As an example, we know that the kafala system in Qatar is of significant concern to many stakeholders. We also ask the candidates whether they would pursue broader issues like this if they were President.
“The sponsors who contribute so much to world football, amateur and professional players, governments, volunteers and the community who pay their hard-earned money to play the game or go to matches deserve to know who these men are and what they believe in.”
Mr Collins said the five candidates have also been invited to attend a meeting in Brussels to present their credentials at the end of January, co-convened with the European Parliament.
“Sport is important in society. Football is loved by billions. It is an important means of social cohesion and inclusion. It is only appropriate that elected representatives of the global community representing a variety of countries, should meet with the candidates and hear from them.”
The results of the survey, including non-responses, will be published next month on this website.
The five candidates are HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (Jordan), Jerome Champagne (Switzerland), Gianni Infantino (Switzerland), Sheik Salman bin Al-Khalifa (Bahrain) and ‘Tokyo’ Sexwale (South Africa).