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Thursday, 8 March 2012


The European Council has made a request to FIFA and its President for the last 13 years, Sepp Blatter, to simplify its Organization and render its activities less opaque and more democratic.

Simply said, there have been many criticisms during the last four years concerning Blatter's re-election, (he was the sole candidate !) and the way Russia and Qatar were voted to be the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

In addition, any lawyer who reads the statutes of FIFA quickly realizes that they need to be redrafted. There are not enough hard and fast procedural rules, particularly with respect to re-elections and the length of service.

Alas the European Council opinion is not backed with the force of law.  It is a watchdog which tries to uphold Human Rights and Democracy, but it has the moral backing of 47 member Countries. 

FIFA receives enormous revenues from its members and all of them are not entirely happy with the current situation.  If FIFA refuses to act members could exert pressure by suspending payments due !!!

The final report on FIFA will be presented to the European Council Assembly on April 25, 2012.