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Switzerland: FIFA reform proposals 'as radical as necessary' - acting pres. Issa Hayatou01:51

Switzerland: FIFA reform proposals 'as radical as necessary' - acting pres. Issa Hayatou

Switzerland, Zurich
December 3, 2015 at 18:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou commented on proposals to reform world football's governing body during a statement to the press in Zurich, Thursday. Hayatou stated that the proposals, submitted earlier in the day, are "a roadmap to change, as radical as necessary, within the structures of FIFA governance and for its operations and procedures." He went on to say that FIFA has asked its congress to approve the insertion of a new article in FIFA's regulations that would obligate it to take into account "internationally recognised" human rights, and to promote the protection of those rights.

The press conference took place after a presentation of the proposals at a FIFA executive committee meeting by the chairman of the 2016 FIFA reform committee, Francois Carrard. Among the proposed reforms are maximum term limits of three terms of four years for the FIFA president, a separation of political and management functions and "integrity checks." The 209 associations affiliated to FIFA will be able to vote on the reform plan at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress of February 26, 2016.

Regarding the arrests carried out by the US Department of Justice within the framework of the ongoing investigation into FIFA, acting president Hayatou expressed his will to cooperate "with the American investigation" as well as with the "investigation led by the Public Ministry of Switzerland."

Switzerland: FIFA reform proposals 'as radical as necessary' - acting pres. Issa Hayatou01:51
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Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou commented on proposals to reform world football's governing body during a statement to the press in Zurich, Thursday. Hayatou stated that the proposals, submitted earlier in the day, are "a roadmap to change, as radical as necessary, within the structures of FIFA governance and for its operations and procedures." He went on to say that FIFA has asked its congress to approve the insertion of a new article in FIFA's regulations that would obligate it to take into account "internationally recognised" human rights, and to promote the protection of those rights.

The press conference took place after a presentation of the proposals at a FIFA executive committee meeting by the chairman of the 2016 FIFA reform committee, Francois Carrard. Among the proposed reforms are maximum term limits of three terms of four years for the FIFA president, a separation of political and management functions and "integrity checks." The 209 associations affiliated to FIFA will be able to vote on the reform plan at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress of February 26, 2016.

Regarding the arrests carried out by the US Department of Justice within the framework of the ongoing investigation into FIFA, acting president Hayatou expressed his will to cooperate "with the American investigation" as well as with the "investigation led by the Public Ministry of Switzerland."