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By ESPN Staff

FIFA plans revealed

Proposals to scrap Britain's FIFA vice-presidency have been revealed in official documents for the first time.

• FA may give up vice-presidency

A report by Germany's FIFA member Theo Zwanziger, to be presented to the world governing body's congress next month, has called for changes to the statutes that will see the British vice-presidency removed.

Instead, the home nations' place on the FIFA executive committee, which they have been guaranteed since 1947, will go to UEFA to elect.

Zwanziger is also proposing an age limit of 72 for FIFA officials including the president, with the FIFA presidency limited to a maximum of eight years.

The FIFA Congress in Budapest is not expected to vote on the changes, however, but to postpone a decision for one year, and the Football Association and Scottish FA have already signalled they would not oppose the abolition of their position.

The report states: "The duration of the mandate of the president shall be limited to eight years (two terms of four years each). The duration of the mandate of the executive committee members shall be limited to 12 years (three terms of four years each)."

Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter is aged 76, and has been in office for 14 years. He has announced he will step down in 2015. FIFA have also published a new code of conduct for all players and officials that includes a directive to reject bribery and corruption in the game, and to refrain from betting.

The draft code, which will also be presented to the congress, says if it is not followed it "might jeopardise the integrity of matches or competitions or give rise to abuse of association football". FIFA has endured a torrid 18 months, during which time a number of top officials have been banned for corruption.


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