POSTED: October 21st 2011

FIFA unveils new task force reforms and confirms release of controversial ISL information

Sepp Blatter outlined the anti-corruption plan in Zurich today / SFC images
Sepp Blatter outlined the anti-corruption plan in Zurich today / SFC images

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: FIFA today confirmed its long awaited anti-corruption plan in a bid to clean up the reputation of the organization, including a pledge to re-open the infamous ISL dossier.

Following the two-day meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich, FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter has confirmed the organization’s full support for the release of documents said to contain details of officials accused of receiving payments from the world body's former marketing partner.

Until now FIFA has blocked the release of the court documents, but today said the case will be opened at the next meeting of the committee meeting in December 2011 and will then be then be given to an independent body for further examination.

Commenting at the committee meeting, Blatter said: "The executive committee has at my request agreed that in the meeting of December 16-17 we will reopen this file.”

He added: "If there are any measures to be taken they will not be taken by the executive committee - it is not the body that can take sanctions or release anyone - so we will give this file to an independent organization outside of FIFA so they can delve into this file and extract its conclusions and present them to us."

FIFA has come under growing pressure in recent years to repair reputational damage caused by a number of accusations of corruption within the organization.

BBC's Panorama programme reported that the court file in question shows that Brazil's FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira and former Fifa president Joao Havelange received payments.

Since the last Fifa Congress on July 1, FIFA has been consulting external bodies and experts such as Transparency International and Professor Mark Pieth on governance matters.

As part of FIFA's commitment to reform, Blatter also announced that the organization would be adopting a new governance structures and a road map.

Blatter confirmed the creation of a “Committee Good Governance” which will oversee reforms undertaken by the organization. A “Good Governance” road map to monitor the reforms between now the 2013 Fifa Congress.

Also as part of the FIFA's reforms, a woman has been appointed to the executive committee for the first time.

Other issues on the agenda at the meeting in Zurich included the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Members discussed the match schedule of the 2014 World Cup and key match assignments for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013 have been approved.

The next FIFA Executive Committee meeting will be held in Tokyo on Friday, 16 and Saturday, 17 December 2011.

Keywords · FIFA · Sepp Blatter · ISL · Transparency International · Mark Pieth

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