FIFA"s European members urge reform

FIFA's European members push for reform of world governing body



18:03 GMT, 29 March 2012

FIFA's European members will urge that new financial controls and a powerful and independent
ethics committee be brought in as part of reforms of the world governing

On Friday, FIFA's executive committee will be
presented with a series of reform proposals by Swiss academic Mark
Pieth, who was appointed after a series of corruption scandals and

Listening to proposals: UEFA President Michel Platini

Listening to proposals: UEFA President Michel Platini

The eight European members on the 23-man ExCo, including UEFA president Michel Platini, held a summit on Wednesday night to discuss tactics and agreed that they would make financial controls and a stronger committee their priority.

Pieth will publish his reform proposals just before a news conference by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The report is likely to state that FIFA's level of investigation into allegations of misconduct during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was unsatisfactory.

Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, a member of the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) headed by Pieth, says the world governing body has to bring in stronger controls.

Former England 2018 bid chairman Lord Triesman made a number of claims in Parliament about alleged impropriety by FIFA members but the organisation said there was no case to answer.

Reform: Mark Pieth will put forward his proposals

Reform: Mark Pieth will put forward his proposals

There were also claims by a whistleblower that two FIFA members were paid cash gifts to vote for Qatar's 2022 bid – something strongly denied by the Middle Eastern country, and later withdrawn by the person involved.

Goldsmith said: 'We have spent a lot of time looking at the allegations of past misconduct including the World Cup hosts selections.

'We have looked closely at the way allegations regarding World Cup host selections have been dealt with and we have not been satisfied with the level of investigation which has taken place.

'We are concerned about two things – we need a system in place for the future and stronger controls in a number of different areas.

'But we also need structures that will give people confidence in FIFA and in order to do that it's necessary to understand what may have gone wrong in the past.

'We have come up with a list of recommendations for FIFA's executive committee and I hope that will then be passed to the Congress.'

England won just two votes as Russia won the 2018 bid, while Qatar triumphed in the vote for the 2022 tournament.