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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 30, 2011

Blatter to change voting system?

Sepp Blatter has claimed he wants to reform how FIFA selects World Cup hosts if he is re-elected as president.

Blatter, 75, admits he has been stung by the criticism after FIFA's 24-man executive committee chose Russia and Qatar for 2018 and 2022 hosts respectively in December - England and the United States were among the losers.

Now he is considering allowing all of FIFA's 208 member associations to vote on the host country.

Blatter, who is standing against Asian football supremo Mohamed Bin Hammam in the election on June 1, told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine: "That's a project I have at the back of my mind. I'd like to adopt the example of the International Olympic Committee to avoid a repeat of what's happened in future.

"The executive committee receives 10 or 12 bids, looks at them, recommends the best ones and then lets the plenary meeting vote. That would be a positive solution for FIFA. In view of the uncomfortable experience I had here in Zurich on December 2 it's an idea worth considering.''

Blatter also revealed his salary as more than $1 million-a-year, but said that FIFA executives' pay was chicken feed compared to corporate salaries.

"If we compare ourselves with other large, listed international companies, we're schoolboys when it comes to pay,'' he said.

Asked about his salary, he replied: "One million dollars. Perhaps a bit more. I'm not ashamed by that.''

He added that he would be happy to publish executive committee members' payments if that was agreed by the FIFA Congress.

Blatter said he will bring in a new body to deal with corporate governance and compliance to "restore the credibility of FIFA''.

"It is designed to be an institution that acts outside our normal procedures and structures. A 'council of the wise' but with a bit more power,'' he said. "It will be made up of people from outside football. I've already identified a chairman but I can't divulge the name at present. He will nominate the members. They will have to understand football but the main object is to restore credibility. I put forward this proposal in January. ''

Blatter said he could not explain why the relationship between himself and Bin Hammam, the 62-year-old Qatari who helped first become FIFA president in 1998, had broken down.

He said: "We had a really good relationship and he supported my election in 1998. We worked together but I wouldn't say it was a friendship. I don't know why Bin Hammam suddenly became so aggressive.

"On the executive committee he repeatedly said he'd never stand against me, but that's what's happened. Right up to the end I didn't think he'd stand.''

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