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USA: FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin Hussein calls for organisation’s reform02:15

USA: FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin Hussein calls for organisation’s reform

United States, Washington D.C.
December 5, 2015 at 20:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

FiFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan called for the reformation of the football governing body during a National Press Club meeting in Washington D.C., Friday.

Currently the Vice President of FIFA for Asia, Prince Al Hussein said that if elected, he will make major changes to the organisation, including opening FIFA’s financial books and the minutes from the executive committee meetings. He added that he would also “make public the full findings of the Garcia report.”

One of five presidential hopefuls for FIFA, Al Hussein made the speech amidst a series of corruption scandals and a subsequent US investigation into the global football governing body.

Several FIFA figures were arrested at Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, Thursday, after it was raided for a second time in 2015. A group of high-ranking FIFA officials and representatives were detained in May as the US-led crackdown began. A total of 16 officials have been indicted in the US investigation.

CONCACAF President and Honduran Alfredo Hawit and CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay were among those detained on Thursday.

Hawit, who leads the footballing confederation from North and Central America and Caribbean countries, took up his post in May after his predecessor, Jeffrey Web, was arrested in the initial police operation. Napout oversees the South American confederation and has been in the post on a permanent basis since March 2015 following a six month interim stint. Both Hawit and Napout are vice-presidents of FIFA.

The arrests are in line with a September statement made by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in which she said that she anticipated more arrests being made in the future.

FIFA officials were gathering for a two-day meeting in Zurich to discuss potential reforms to the leadership and running of the body ahead of the February congress at which incumbent President Sepp Blatter is expected to be replaced. Blatter, Secretary General of FIFA Jerome Valcke and President of UEFA Michel Platini, a candidate who was hoping to succeed Blatter, were banned for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee in October.

Just a week ago, the committee ruled it would recommend life bans for Blatter and Platini, following allegations of corruption regarding a 2011 payment made to the Frenchman by the Swiss of £1.35m (€1.9m). However, it is not believed that Blatter or Platini are among those arrested in Tuesday’s operations.

The arrests at FIFA came just hours after it was reported that the body were expected to announce annual losses of £67 million (€94.5m). Leading sponsors including McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Adidas and Visa signed a letter demanding “independent oversight” of reforms.

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FiFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan called for the reformation of the football governing body during a National Press Club meeting in Washington D.C., Friday.

Currently the Vice President of FIFA for Asia, Prince Al Hussein said that if elected, he will make major changes to the organisation, including opening FIFA’s financial books and the minutes from the executive committee meetings. He added that he would also “make public the full findings of the Garcia report.”

One of five presidential hopefuls for FIFA, Al Hussein made the speech amidst a series of corruption scandals and a subsequent US investigation into the global football governing body.

Several FIFA figures were arrested at Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, Thursday, after it was raided for a second time in 2015. A group of high-ranking FIFA officials and representatives were detained in May as the US-led crackdown began. A total of 16 officials have been indicted in the US investigation.

CONCACAF President and Honduran Alfredo Hawit and CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay were among those detained on Thursday.

Hawit, who leads the footballing confederation from North and Central America and Caribbean countries, took up his post in May after his predecessor, Jeffrey Web, was arrested in the initial police operation. Napout oversees the South American confederation and has been in the post on a permanent basis since March 2015 following a six month interim stint. Both Hawit and Napout are vice-presidents of FIFA.

The arrests are in line with a September statement made by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in which she said that she anticipated more arrests being made in the future.

FIFA officials were gathering for a two-day meeting in Zurich to discuss potential reforms to the leadership and running of the body ahead of the February congress at which incumbent President Sepp Blatter is expected to be replaced. Blatter, Secretary General of FIFA Jerome Valcke and President of UEFA Michel Platini, a candidate who was hoping to succeed Blatter, were banned for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee in October.

Just a week ago, the committee ruled it would recommend life bans for Blatter and Platini, following allegations of corruption regarding a 2011 payment made to the Frenchman by the Swiss of £1.35m (€1.9m). However, it is not believed that Blatter or Platini are among those arrested in Tuesday’s operations.

The arrests at FIFA came just hours after it was reported that the body were expected to announce annual losses of £67 million (€94.5m). Leading sponsors including McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Adidas and Visa signed a letter demanding “independent oversight” of reforms.