Major reforms planned at FIFA
FIFA's new chief reformer has announced a raft of proposals to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest at the world governing body, and admits some members will not like his plans for change.
Mark Pieth, a professor in criminal law at the University of Basel, has been appointed to chair FIFA's independent governance committee.
He will not investigate allegations of previous wrongdoing by FIFA members but has instead presented proposals for future reform.
Pieth's recommendations include that there should be independent members appointed to the executive committee, that the power of the FIFA president should be limited, and that the organisation adopts serious anti-corruption measures regarding officials and World Cup votes.
He also said he will walk away if he feels his reform proposals are not taken seriously and implemented properly.
Pieth told a news conference in Zurich: "We are talking about serious stuff here. Not everyone will like this.
"I'm not too worried about it because to some extent this is a process. We are trying to change something, but of course there's a bottom line, if we are seriously unhappy I can say 'this is it, I've had it'."
Pieth, who is being paid by FIFA for his work, has produced a 39-page report on proposals for reform.
He warns that World Cup bidding in FIFA's current format are "highly visible and politically sensitive decisions and are actually a mix of corruption risk and conflict of interest concerns".
He added: "Suspicion that individuals either sold their vote or profiteered directly from the choice of venue is combined with allegations of a strategic use of development money in order to influence decision-takers of ExCo."
Pieth said the bidding process should be revamped to prevent manipulation and the decision for the FIFA Congress to take the final vote on World Cup hosts "is a step in the right direction from a corruption prevention perspective".
Last December's votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups became mired in controversy with two FIFA members banned for breaching ethics committee rules.
England's ex-2018 bid chief Lord Triesman made allegations of unethical requests by FIFA members during the campaign.
Date: 2011-11-30 17:17:01