We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA

Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:31am EDT
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By Brian Homewood

PRAGUE (Reuters) - UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms aimed at cleaning up soccer's scandal-plagued world governing body FIFA.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said there were enough mechanisms in place to ensure that only officials with a clean past were elected on to FIFA committees.

His comments came after Domenico Scala, who is overseeing FIFA reforms, demanded that an independent committee be created to carry out integrity checks on executive committee members before they could be allowed to take office.

Scala said confederations had blocked these reforms and said their "actions must be consistent with their speech."

Continental confederations, which elect the FIFA executive committee members, currently carry out integrity checks, a system which Infantino said should continue.

"UEFA and the European associations have always been in favor of reforms and have always been in favor of integrity checks being made in the confederations," he told reporters.

"Our members have to comply with our disciplinary and ethics rules at any time, not only when they are candidates. In addition to this, you have the FIFA ethics regulations which means FIFA can, at any time, make all the checks that they want to any person they want.

"I don't think this is a real issue, it's more a communication issue. The real instruments are there, they just have to be applied."   Continued...

Staff are pictured in the entrance of UEFA in Nyon May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse