Scandal-hit CONCACAF votes for reform package

Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:54pm EST
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By Simon Evans

ZURICH (Reuters) - Scandal-plagued CONCACAF, the soccer confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, on Thursday voted for wide-ranging reforms after being warned by its lawyers of serious consequences if it failed to change its structure.

Miami-based CONCACAF, one of the six confederations within FIFA, has been at the center of the scandal at world soccer's governing body, which has seen 41 individuals and entities indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

FIFA is due to vote on its own reform plans on Friday, before electing a new president to replace the banned Sepp Blatter.

Representatives of CONCACAF's 41-member associations were given a briefing by the body's lawyers in Miami earlier this month where they were urged to back a comprehensive reform package.

The lawyers warned of difficulties with broadcast partners, sponsors and banks, FIFA itself and the risk of government action, including possible disbandment, if change was not enacted.

After a lengthy debate on minor details of the reforms, CONCACAF delegates, gathered in a Zurich hotel, voted unanimously for the reform package.

The reforms will separate a representative Council, charged with policy formulation, from a General Secretariat, which will handle day-to-day business matters.

A new independent Ethics Committee will be formed and a series of positions will be held over on committees for independent figures without links to the game.   Continued...