FIFA Passes Reforms Plans


Fifa members have approved a raft of reforms to the organisation after an overwhelming majority vote at Friday’s Congress in Zurich.

The reform package was passed after 89 per cent of members voted in favour of plans aimed at increasing transparency in Fifa activities and restoring credibility to the organisation following the investigation into corruption over the past year.

Acting president Issa Hayatou urged member associations to support the plans this week in order to prove that Fifa is committed to “a new dawn” after the indictment of a number of officials on conspiracy, fraud and racketeering charges, as well as the suspension of former president Sepp Blatter, who is appealing against the decision to ban him from football for six years over a payment made to ex-Uefa chief Michel Platini.

Of 207 eligible members associations, 179 voted yes to the reforms, despite fervent opposition from Palestine FA head Gonzalo Boye Tuset, who warned that more time should be taken to draft effective proposals to transform FIFA.

Delegates also voted in favour of the dismissal of Canover Watson from the Audit and Compliance Committee after he was convicted on charges of corruption.

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