FIFA passes reforms package….

Fifa Congress

FIFA has passed a package of reforms at an extraordinary congress in Zurich. They include the disclosure of salaries and a four-year limit on a president’s term as football’s world governing body seeks to recover from a corruption crisis. A new council will replace the current executive committee, featuring a female representative from each confederation. Later on Friday FIFA will elect a new president to replace Sepp Blatter, who held the position since 1998. The five candidates are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne. The election process is expected to begin at 1 pm Nigerian time, but several rounds of voting may be required before a winner is known. “We stand united in our determination to put things right, so that the focus can return to football once again,” said acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou. “The hard work of restoring trust and improving how we work begins now. “This will create a system of stronger governance and greater diversity that will give football a strong foundation on which to thrive. And it will deter future wrongdoing.”

THE REFORMS:

Disclosure of salaries:

This will happen on an annual basis for the FIFA president, all FIFA council members, the secretary general and relevant chairpersons of independent standing and judicial committees.

Presidents limited to three terms of four years:

This applies to the FIFA president, FIFA council members and members of the audit and compliance committee and of the judicial bodies. Sepp Blatter served five terms as FIFA president dating back to 1998.

Separation of political and managerial functions:

The elected FIFA council will replace the executive committee and will be responsible for setting the organisation’s overall strategic direction. The general secretariat will oversee the operational and commercial actions needed to implement the strategy.

Promotion of women in football:

A minimum of one female representative will be elected as a council member per confederation.

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