FIFA to get 'tough' report on corruption...
March 26, 2012
The anti-corruption expert appointed by FIFA to advise on
modernising reforms and repairing its scandal-hit reputation promises a
'tough' report to soccer's governing body.
told the Associated Press that FIFA President Sepp Blatter's executive
committee would be wise to accept "most everything" when the proposals
are presented Friday. The Swiss law professor's 13-member panel includes
soccer officials, sponsors and experts in clean government.
going to be pretty tough. There are a few issues that will need heavy
negotiation," Pieth said in an interview at his University of Basel
office. "If they are wise, they will pick up most everything that is put
panel, called the Indepen-dent Governance Committee, has examined the
darkest chapters of FIFA's recent history - including alleged bribery
and vote-rigging in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests and its
presidential election - to help understand how FIFA functions.
"They have rules, they have sanctionable offences," Pieth said. "They have just not applied them."
has already received the panel's 15-page interim report, which Pieth
will explain in detail to Blatter's high command during its two-day
meeting beginning Thursday.
Pieth will seek support for radical
reforms from veteran FIFA power-brokers, including some who were cleared
of suspected wrongdoing or have seen long-standing allies removed from
office or leave with their integrity damaged.
"They have a
horrible reputation. They should know that," Pieth said. "And they have
lost afew people recently from high places under allegations or proven
allegations, even. That's really bad for them, and they have to tidy up
Though Pieth will not reveal detailed proposals before Friday, some principles are key if FIFA is to take his work seriously.
wants FIFA to appoint outsiders - not those from Blatter's "football
family" - in key positions, plus create a truly independent process to
investigate alleged corruption, overseen by a restructured ethics
"People who have
not been working with FIFA for ages. That is absolutely crucial," Pieth
said. "We will definitely want to see an (ethics) institution there
that merits that name - that is independent and tough and strong. That
is really one of the major issues."
Still, the former United Nations investigator insists that his job is not to re-examine previous allegations of impropriety.
am not worried by the people who are outgoing and have a problem, a
real straightforward ethics problem. There have been quite a few. My
challenge is more to convince those who stay," he said.
In the name of transparency, Pieth will also publish the interim 15-page report next month for everyone to see.
"I will throw it out shortly and it will be readable," he said.
The Jamaica Gleaner