FIFA presents reform package for February congress

Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:54am EST
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Shaken by corruption scandals, global soccer body FIFA on Wednesday presented the detailed reforms it will ask members to adopt in February at a special congress that seeks to restore its reputation and elect a new leader.

The reforms include limiting the number of terms top officials can serve, following the banning for eight years of Sepp Blatter, who had been FIFA president for 17 years. His reign ended in the worst graft scandal of the body's history.

The amendments also seek to put a tighter rein on FIFA's 209 member associations and separate policy and management positions, with a 36-member FIFA council replacing the 25-member executive committee..

"This is a landmark occasion in the history of FIFA,

and it comes at a crucial time as we focus on the hard work of restoring credibility and stability," acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou said in remarks prepared for a Feb. 26 congress in Zurich.

"I hope that all of the confederations and our member

associations will fully embrace these reforms. This will demonstrate to the world that we have listened and learned from recent events and are taking the necessary steps."


The FIFA logo is seen outside the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich