Fifa should limit president’s time in office, warns governance chief

Fifa's new reform chief Mark Pieth has outlined a set of proposals to prevent corruption at world football's governing body

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Sepp Blatter has been Fifa president since 1998 Photo: The Sport Review

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Mark Pieth, Fifa’s new reform chief, has unveiled a number of proposals to prevent corruption and enhance the reputation of football’s governing body.

Pieth, who was asked by Fifa to prepare a report of proposals for future reform at the Zurich-based organisation, has recommended that the Fifa president should have a limited time in office along with a host of other suggestions.

Pieth, a professor in criminal law at the University of Basel, presented his 39-page report to Fifa on Wednesday and insisted he will not be investigating any past wrongdoings.

“The report is not the end product,” Pieth told a news conference in Zurich. “It’s the beginning of our work.

“We’ve been in the [home of Fifa] and have talked to a lot of people. The significance of football is enormous.

“There has been a transformation process in the last 30 years, so that, as a governing body, means big business. We are in the house of a para-international organisation, and you have to upgrade governance to meet the requirements of a large company.”

Some of Peith’s key proposals for Fifa reform

“¢ The Fifa president should have a limited term in office, as should Fifa members

“¢ Any payments to Fifa’s member associations and to people close to them need to have “close financial scrutiny”

“¢ World Cup votes are “highly visible and politically sensitive decisions and are actually a mix of corruption risk and conflict of interest concerns”. The voting procedure needs to be revamped

“¢ Specific rules must be drawn up to clarify Fifa’s position towards gifts and hospitality, political and charitable contributions

“¢ A “discrete disclosure channel” hotline to report corruption should be made available

Read Mark Pieth’s full 39-page report here (pdf)

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