FIFA reform chief calls for 'rotating presidency'

Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:23pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

ZURICH (Reuters) - One of FIFA's top officials, charged with reforming the scandal-hit organization, has called for a rotating presidency - a move which could transform the politics of soccer's global governing body.

FIFA is set for an election on February 26 to decide on a replacement for the suspended outgoing president Sepp Blatter, who has ruled the body since 1998.

But Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee and chair of the Election Committee and an official with a special remit for coming up with reform ideas, believes it is time to switch to a different system for the top job in world soccer.

"There are other governance entities that have the principle of rotation for their presidencies such as the European Union. Every confederation could appoint a president on a rotation of four or six years – I think four would be better," Scala told Reuters in an interview.

FIFA has six continental confederations and Scala's plan would ensure that each part of the world had a regular time at the top of the body.

"A system of a rotating president would reflect much better the diversity of football and would stop any individual from becoming too powerful," Scala added.

"It would be part of the checks and balances that are needed to avoid corruption and conflicts of interests of the kind that have affected FIFA in the past," he added.

FIFA was thrown into turmoil in May when the U.S. Department of Justice indicted 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives on a series of corruption charges.   Continued...

Domenico Scala, Chairman of the FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee addresses a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich