Sepp Blatter has just resigned from FIFA. He took to the stage announcing “My mandate does not appear to be supported by everyone, this is why I will organise an extraordinary congress for a replacement for me as president.”
Shortly after Sepp’s statement FIFA’s head of audit and compliance committee, Domenico Scala announced the organisation’s new agenda. “The president will ask the executive committee to form an extraordinary congress to elect a new president. While the timing will ultimately be up to the executive committee the election will likely be between December and March.” The next congress was meant to take place on May 13th, 2016 in Mexico.
Along with Blatter’s resignation, FIFA will be implementing top down reforms. “FIFA is determined to address the issues that are afflicting FIFA. We want to fundamentally reform the way in which people see us”, Scala stated. Although brief, Scala’s address did refer to a couple of changes to the structure of the committee and the way in which new members are elected. FIFA will begin implementing integrity checks on FIFA’s members, rather than the individual confederations carrying out that process. Lastly, FIFA will publicise details of their finances and impose term limits on the president and committee. Scala concluded, “FIFA must not be used to enrich those who have ties with the governing body.”
The future of FIFA is now open to interpretation. Blatter’s resignation will certainly make the main headlines, but the real difference maker will be the sweeping reforms. It is now up to everyone in the football world, fans included, to stay informed.
As FIFA officials meet in the coming months there is no telling how effective the changes will be, as they are the only ones who will be there to hold themselves accountable. By staying up to date on who will be running in the next election and what kind of reforms they are proposing, fans can become a present and active voice in making that change happen.
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