FIFA needs external candidate - IOC president Thomas Bach
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has declared "enough is enough" over the FIFA scandal and demanded that football's world governing body considers a "credible external candidate" as president to help clean up the mess.
Bach's declaration came after FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini were both provisionally banned for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee pending investigations into a £1.35 million payment.
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Bach's intervention is hugely important -- football is desperate to remain in the Olympics and he wields significant authority in global sport.
The IOC president said in a statement: "Enough is enough. We hope that now, finally, everyone at FIFA has at last understood that they cannot continue to remain passive. They must act swiftly to regain credibility because you cannot forever dissociate the credibility of FIFA from the credibility of football.
"FIFA must realise that this is now about more than just a list of candidates. This is also a structural problem and will not be solved simply by the election of a new president.
"They must do two things immediately: they must accelerate and deepen the reform process in order to comply with accountability, transparency and all the principles of good governance, as expressed in our reform programme, Olympic Agenda 2020.
"They should also be open for a credible external presidential candidate of high integrity, to accomplish the necessary reforms and bring back stability and credibility to FIFA."
Britain's FIFA vice-president David Gill has called for an emergency meeting of the organisation's executive committee -- but the Football Association has not formally dropped its support of Platini.