FIFA reform committee strong on platitudes, short on detail

Thu Sep 3, 2015 10:47am EDT
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By Brian Homewood

BERNE (Reuters) - FIFA's latest reform committee produced plenty of platitudes and precious little concrete detail after completing its first meeting in the Swiss capital on Thursday.

Chairman Francois Carrard said the committee had enjoyed two days of "intense and fruitful" discussions but failed to provide any insight as to what proposals had been discussed.

The meeting added to the sense that the whole process to clean up soccer's governing body has become bogged down in a plethora of committees and task forces and that reform fatigue is starting to creep in.

"We are not at the stage of the proposals, we have covered, studied, reviewed and exchanged opinions on all areas," Carrard, a former director general of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), told reporters.

"The specific proposals will be on the table at the next meeting which will be in October."

FIFA is facing unprecedented pressure to reform following the May indictment by U.S. authorities of nine current and former soccer officials on bribery-related charges. Many had served on FIFA's executive committee or other FIFA committees.

Swiss public prosecutors are also investigating the decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, both taken at a vote in Zurich in December 2010.

The pressure prompted president Sepp Blatter to lay down his mandate on June 2, only four days after being elected for a fifth mandate.   Continued...

Francois Carrard, chairman of the 2016 FIFA reform commitee addresses the media in Bern, Switzerland September 3, 2015.          REUTERS/Ruben Sprich