Switzerland: Executive Committee approves key priorities to restore trust in FIFA

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The implementation of the reforms, which were approved by an overwhelming majority three weeks ago at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress, was the main topic during the two-day FIFA Executive Committee meeting – the last of its kind and the first chaired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

A statement on the website of the world's football governing body said on 9 and 10 May 2016, the new FIFA Council would convene for the first time ahead of the ordinary FIFA Congress in Mexico City.

It said during the meeting, Infantino President presented his road map for restoring trust in FIFA, which he initiated on his first day in office. Key elements include: optimising FIFA’s administration, enhancing and modernising football development efforts, renewing the focus on women’s football, and engaging with FIFA’s commercial partners.

“Today ends my third week as FIFA’s President. I’ve been tremendously energised by what I have seen, heard and experienced over the last 21 days. Football is at the heart of FIFA and this is reflected in all of our priorities set for the coming months. The Executive Committee decisions this week ensure that we now move from words to actions. I am sure that with the measures in place, and those to be rolled out in the near-term, we can not only restore FIFA’s image but also ensure that the world will be proud of FIFA,” said FIFA President Infantino.

The statement said a new recruitment policy for FIFA staff would be established with a focus on diversity and gender equality. In addition, exchange programmes with member associations and confederations will be introduced to build upon FIFA’s knowledge transfer process. Furthermore, the deadline to elect the new additional Council members was set as 30 September 2016 at the latest, in accordance with the FIFA Statutes and the Governance Regulations.

It said the Executive Committee also expressed its support for the Request for Restitution made by FIFA on Wednesday to reclaim funds diverted from the football community from those defendants who have been convicted.

The statement said on day one of the meeting, the Executive Committee approved FIFA’s Financial and Governance Report 2015.  The report reflects the spirit of the reforms approved at the Extraordinary Congress in February by its greater transparency, particularly regarding the disclosure of the compensation of committee members and key management personnel. Furthermore, new financial targets have been set to meet FIFA’s adjusted priorities, especially for football development, while the organisation will continue to look at ways to further optimise its budget.

The Executive Committee also ratified the assignment of kick-off times to the respective matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup. The Executive Committee also welcomed the progress made in the preparation for the two major football events in Russia.

It said following the recent decision by International Football Association Board (IFAB) to allow experimentation with a fourth substitution in extra time, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed for such experiments to be conducted this year at the Olympic Football Tournaments, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea and the FIFA Club World Cup Japan.

With regard to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016, the Executive Committee decided to provide the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) with additional medical equipment which, after the competition, will be distributed to the regional football associations to help to improve the medical care of football players.

The statement said the Executive Committee also decided:

·         to send a letter to the Greek authorities signed jointly by FIFA and UEFA requesting that they reverse the decision to cancel the Greek Cup within two weeks since this decision appeared to be disproportionate. In case of non-compliance, the relevant FIFA bodies would consider sanctions;

·         to extend the mandate of the Normalisation Committee of the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) to 31 May 2016 and approve the appointment of two new members, Mr Bassam Adeel Jaleel and Ms Fathimath Nasma Niyaz. Failure to revise the statutes as approved by FIFA and the AFC and to hold elections accordingly within the new deadline would lead to the automatic suspension of the FAM;

·         to give the Puerto Rican Football Association a final deadline of 30 June 2016 to adopt new statutes;

·         to give the Football Association of Zambia until 30 September 2016 to adopt its new statutes.

On women’s international match calendar, the statement said the international match calendar for 2017 was approved.

On solidarity fund it said FIFA will support the Dominica Football Association and the Fiji Football Association in reconstructing the footballing infrastructure that was severely damaged by tropical storms.
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18 march 2016 12:07:11

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