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Reformations to top agenda of FIFA’s extraordinary session — Russian sports minister

September 25, 2015, 16:28 UTC+3
The FIFA Executive Committee held a two-day session on September 24-25 in Zurich discussing among other important things an agenda for the FIFA’s extraordinary session
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MOSCOW, September 25. /TASS/. An issue of reformations in FIFA will top the agenda of an extraordinary session of the international governing body of football scheduled for February 26 next year, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Friday.

The FIFA Executive Committee held a two-day session on September 24-25 in Zurich discussing among other important things an agenda for the FIFA’s extraordinary session, which will see the election of the organization’s new president. The session also heard a report from Francois Carrard, the chairman of the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee, which was set up on July 20.

"The Executive Committee has approved an agenda for an extraordinary session of FIFA," Mutko, who is also a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said in an interview with TASS.

"The first issue [on the agenda] is the approval of all proposals introduced by the Reform Committee. It is very likely that they [the proposals] will be included in the form of amendments into the [FIFA’s] Charter and other regulations," Mutko said.

"The second issue was the election of the president," Mutko said. "The agenda will focus on two issues."

"We have heard a report from Carrard and agreed that by December the committee will propose concrete measures and actions concerning the reformations," Mutko added.

Early this month the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee, set up to introduce reformations to the global football body following a corruption scandal earlier in the year, held its first meeting in the Swiss capital of Bern.

An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA in the morning of May 27, one day before the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, as seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. The scandal involves two separate criminal proceedings.

Firstly, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is conducting a criminal investigation into the awarding of media, marketing and sponsorship rights for soccer tournaments in the United States and Latin America. Secondly, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General is conducting a criminal investigation into the selection of Russia as the host country for the 2018 World Cup and Qatar as the host country for 2022.

Current FIFA President Sepp Blatter, 79, was reelected for his fifth consecutive four-year presidential term on May 29, when his only rival Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan pulled out after the first round of vote.

However, addressing a news conference in Zurich on June 2, Blatter said he decided to lay down his mandate at FIFA extraordinary elective Congress. FIFA announced in July that the election of the new president would be held next year on February 26.

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