FIFA approves reform to end corruption

FIFA has passed a package of reforms at an extraordinary congress as it aims to recover from a corruption crisis.

They include the disclosure of salaries and a four-year limit on a president’s term at football’s world governing body.

A new council will replace the current executive committee, featuring a female representative from each confederation.

FIFA will elect a new president to replace Sepp Blatter, who held the position since 1998.

The five candidates are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.

The election process is  under way but several rounds of voting may be required before a winner is known.

“We stand united in our determination to put things right, so that the focus can return to football once again,” said acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou.

“The hard work of restoring trust and improving how we work begins now.

“This will create a system of stronger governance and greater diversity that will give football a strong foundation on which to thrive. And it will deter future wrongdoing.”

 

BBC/Aisha JM