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Mar 28, 2013

FA told to challenge for FIFA reform

The Football Association has been urged by a number of MPs to put pressure on FIFA and challenge for reform.

FIFA's deadline for reform proposals from member associations is on Friday before its Congress in May where matters will then be discussed.

MP Damian Collins, who is being backed by three other MPs, has written to FA chairman David Bernstein asking him to put forward ideas to world football's governing body.

The MP for Folkestone and Hythe is concerned that recommendations being made by FIFA's own independent governance committee are not even on the Congress agenda.

He said in the letter: "This was supposed to be the moment when FIFA embraced the need for greater transparency in its financial affairs and key decision-making processes, but instead the impression has been created that [FIFA president] Sepp Blatter and the FIFA executive committee have no serious commitment to reform, and that the whole process has been a sham.

"I would like to ask if the FA would submit a proposal for the four key recommendations for reform recently presented by the independent governance committee to be debated and voted on.''

Collins' proposals include independent integrity checks for all FIFA officials, independent observers for all FIFA executive committee meetings, FIFA having to publish officials' pay and benefits as with other not-for-profit organisations, and a new bidding and decision-making process for the host of events such as the World Cup.

Collins added: "These recommendations get to the heart of the need for reform within FIFA. There needs to be greater independent scrutiny of the work of the executive committee and in particular the decision-making process around the awarding of the hosting rights for the World Cup.

"Members of the FIFA executive committee should also be required to declare the total value of their compensation package (including salary and benefits). It should be clear what other financial interests executive committee members hold, so that there can be no question of a conflict of interest arising when lucrative TV rights are awarded for FIFA football tournaments.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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