(WFI) The FIFA reform committee is keeping quiet about their proposed reform package until they meet with the FIFA executive committee on Tuesday.

FIFA reform committee chairman Francois Carrard (ATR)

FIFA released a statement following the committee’s three-day meeting in Berne saying the committee is on track with progress towards overhauling the scandal-laden organization.

“It’s been a very positive session characterized by rich and in-depth discussions on all aspects of the proposal for the reforms package which is being prepared,” said Francois Carrard, noted Swiss sports lawyer and former IOC director general.

The scope of alleged corruption at FIFA has continued to gain mass since nine current and former FIFA officials were arrested by U.S. authorities in May on charges of bribery and related crimes.

Following the original arrests, Swiss authorities launched an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and FIFA president Sepp Blatter has received a 90-day suspension along with FIFA vice president Michel Platini.

Over the weekend, German prosecutors announced they are investigating allegations that Germany used a slush fund to help buy votes to host the 2006 World Cup. IOC president Thomas Bach called for a full investigation into the matter.

“Thomas Bach, in the interests of football, believes that a prompt and full investigation of allegations [should be] carried out,” said IOC spokesman Christian Klaue.

The widening circle of corruption has put the pressure on world football to implement widespread change in order to increase the transparency and by extension the credibility of the organization. 

On Tuesday the reform committee will present ideas on its reform package for the first time to the executive committee, now lead by interim president and IOC member Issa Hayatou. The feedback from the executive committee will get the ball rolling for a final proposal Carrard says will be ready by the next reform committee meeting November 19-20.

A complete proposal at that time would allow for executive committee approval at their meeting in December and set the stage for the extraordinary session to elect a new president in February 2016.

By INSIDER Kevin
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