(WFI) U.S. Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati says he would be willing to make public the payments and expenses he receives from FIFA when he joins the football governing body’s executive committee.
Gulati replaces Chuck Blazer as the North American representative on the ExCo at the FIFA Congress in Mauritius next month. He saw off a challenge by Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compean to secure the position at the CONCACAF Congress in Panama City last Friday.
“It’s my belief FIFA should in fact disclose the compensation of directors,” Gulati was quoted by the Associated Press. “I would have no problem of disclosing if it’s not a violation of any provision with FIFA for directors.”
His comments came as Alexandra Wrage quit FIFA’s independent governance committee in protest at its failure to push through key reforms.
Wrage resigned from the group chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth on Monday.
She was angered that FIFA’s ExCo members had ignored recommendations for reform at their March meeting, including a proposal for FIFA president sepp Blatter and his ExCo colleagues to disclose their salary and expenses. Wrage and the IGC have also called for term and age limits for both the FIFA chief and ExCo officials.
Gulati, 53, who has sat alongside Wrage on the IGC for two years, added: “You’ve got an institution that’s been around a long time that obviously has had a number of challenges the last few years on governance issues and the public relations that go along with some of those governance issues.
“So I think in fact there is at the highest level a sincere effort to try to reform and change the organization. I think some of the things that have happened show that. Clearly there needs to be a lot more done, and hopefully some of that will happen in May, and a lot more will happen beyond that.”
Platini Opens New Home for Welsh Football
UEFA president Michel Platini has inaugurated the new National Football Development Centre in Wales.
The facility at Dragon Park, funded by the Football Association of Wales and UEFA’s HatTrick assistance project, will host the national teams from youth to senior levels.
Platini attended the opening ceremony at the weekend with Wales’s first minister Carwyn Jones, FAW president Trefor Lloyd Hughes, Welsh national team manager Chris Coleman and a host of football dignatories.
“I always prefer to inaugurate national technical centres rather than national football headquarters because they are what our sport is all about: giving skills and opportunities to young players, male or female, able or disabled, also coming from ethnic minorities and deprived communities,” he was quoted on UEFA.com.
“Dragon Park is all that and more. A magnificent facility open to all the categories I just mentioned and geared toward the future of Welsh football.
Costing nearly £5 million, the venue includes three pitches, changing rooms, a training recovery zone and an administrative base for the Welsh Football Trust.
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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