FIFA urges members to approve term limits, other reforms to regain trust

Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:43am EST
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA urged its members on Wednesday to vote through reforms this week including term limits for top officials and disclosure of their earnings, in a bid to rebuild trust in soccer's governing body.

The federation will hold a congress this Friday and vote on a set of reforms it has drawn up to get its house in order after an unprecedented graft scandal that has engulfed its top officials and seen dozens indicted in the United States.

“The eyes of the world are on us this week after one of the most challenging times in our history," acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou told its executive committee, according to a statement from the organization on Wednesday.

"The approval of the reforms will send a strong message that we have listened and that we are taking the action necessary to regain trust and improve our performance.”

FIFA will choose a new president at an Extraordinary Congress on Friday to replace Swiss Sepp Blatter, who has been suspended for eight years for ethics violations. Five candidates are standing in the election.

The congress will also vote on reform proposals including 12-year term limits for senior officials and the replacement of the executive committee with a new FIFA Council.

The proposals must be approved by 75 percent of voting members to be implemented and included in revised statutes.

One clause in the draft statutes states that "the individual compensation of the FIFA President, the members of the Council and the FIFA Secretary General shall be made public."   Continued...

FIFA's acting President Issa Hayatou (R) leaves the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, Switzerland February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann