More FIFA officials put under the spotlight as FIFA reforms committee proposes changes in the structure of the global soccer governing body.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
German legend Franz Beckenbauer is among those thrust into the ongoing FIFA corruption investigations as well as the head of the Spanish football association, Angel Maria Villar Llona as FIFA confirmed they are investigating 11 more officials in the ongoing scandal. Both Beckenbauer and Angel are said to have refused to cooperate with the investigations into the bidding and awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. This comes just days after UEFA President Michel Platini, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were all slapped with 90 day bans as investigations continue.
In Zurich, the FIFA reforms committee has issued an interim report where they have included a few proposed changes so as to restore the integrity and reputation of the organization. Members of the committee are selected from the six continental confederations and are led by an independent chairman, Francois Carrard.
Some of the interesting points recommended in the report include:
• – The president’s term will be restricted to a maximum of 12 years.
• – The president and members of FIFA’s council must not be aged more than 74 years.
• – The remuneration of the president, council members, the general secretary and all chairmen of independent standing and judicial committees should be published annually.
• – The remuneration of these officials should be “reviewed and approved by a fully independent compensation committee relying on third party compensation analysis.”
• – FIFA’s executive committee should no longer have executive powers over FIFA’s policies, and to reflect this new function it should be renamed the FIFA Council.
• – FIFA’s general secretary should be the body’s chief executive officer, implement the decisions of the FIFA Council and may only be dismissed by the FIFA Council.
The final report will be considered by the Executive Committee on December 2-3 in Zurich. If the executive committee approves the reforms then they will be submitted to the FIFA congress for a vote in February.