Pieth Blasts UEFA, Platini
FIFA’s anti-corruption chief Mark Pieth claims European officials are blocking the ethics reforms proposed by world football’s governing body.
In separate interviews Wednesday with The Associated Press and German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung, he criticizes countries such as England and Germany for “making big noises in the past” but then fighting tweaks to the FIFA Statutes put forth by a working group.
Pieth is “disappointed with what UEFA is coming out with” and blames President Michel Platini for attempts to stifle opposing opinions with “unanimous declarations” from UEFA, according to the AP report.
“They only think about their own power,” he added to Suddeutsche Zeitung.
Last month, leaders of the UEFA’s 53 members met at the House of European Football in Nyon to debate the reforms, eventually adopting a “unanimous declaration” insisting “members of the FIFA Executive Committee should continue to be appointed by the continental confederations” without confirmation from the FIFA Congress and that confederations carry out all integrity checks.
UEFA also backed a general age limit of 72 for all FIFA offices at the time of election and a term limit of 12 years for the FIFA president – but none for members of the Ex-Co or other FIFA bodies.
FIFA Ethics Hotline Goes Live
FIFA’s whistleblower hotline for ethics violations and match-fixing tips is now online.
Notably, the website is run by an external provider, which FIFA said will allow potential violations to be “securely reported and treated with the strictest confidentiality” by world football’s governing body.
“The reports, if related to infringements of FIFA’s Code of Ethics, will reach Michael Garcia, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, directly,” FIFA added.
European Clubs Share Knowledge
More than 30 clubs from around the world attended the European Club Association’s first-ever workshop on club representation for non-European clubs.
On the sidelines of the 10th ECA General Assembly in Doha, Qatar, a session titled “The European model of club representation” featured speeches and presentations from ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, ECA 1st Vice-Chairman Umberto Gandini and ECA 2nd Vice-Chairman Sandro Rosell on topics such as insurance, the international calendar, good governance and the ECA’s relationship with UEFA and FIFA, among others.
Attendees included: JS Kabylie (Algeria), CA Boca Juniors, CA Vélez Sársfield, Club Estudiantes de La Plata (all Argentina), Adelaide United FC (Australia), Fluminense FC, SC Corinthians Paulista, Santos FC (all Brazil), Coton Sport FC de Garoua (Cameroon), Toronto FC (Canada), Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo (Chile), Al-Ahly SC, Zamalek SC (both Egypt), AD Isidro Metapán (El Salvador), CD Marathón (Honduras), ASEC Mimosas (Côte d’Ivoire), Gamba Osaka, Kashima Antlers FC (both Japan), Club Santos Laguna (Mexico), Auckland City FC (New Zealand), Al Kharaitiyat SC, Al Rayyan Club, Al-Sailiya SC, El Jaish Sport Club, Umm Slal SC (all Qatar), Al-Hilal FC, Ittihad FC (both Saudi Arabia), CA Peñarol (Uruguay), FC Bunyodkor, FC Pakhtakor (both Uzbekistan) and Caracas FC (Venezuela).
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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