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Reform Will Top the Agenda at FIFA’s Executive-Committee Meeting

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FIFA’s executive committee will meet Monday to discuss reforms, including term limits, checks on integrity and greater financial transparency, after a series of scandals revealed extensive corruption in the global soccer governing body.

The process will be led by Domenico Scala, a FIFA official and board member for a pharmaceutical company, who will also supervise the election for current FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s successor, the Guardian says.

The fallout from the corruption scandal continues to mire the organization. Most recently, the BBC reported that former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, who was the first of seven FIFA officials to be extradited from Switzerland to the U.S., pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges of racketeering, wire fraud and accepting millions of dollars in bribes. He has been placed under house arrest with his bail set at $10 million.

Blatter is trying to avoid an outside review process for FIFA, even though corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola and anticorruption agencies alike have publicly demanded independent oversight of the organization’s reforms, the Guardian says.

For now, Scala will be largely responsible for the review procedures. According to the Guardian, Monday’s executive meeting will also start the process to find Blatter’s replacement, after the president agreed to step down from his position between December and March.


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