FIFA reform taskforce leader to be ‘from outside of the world of football’

first_imgFIFA have confirmed the chairman of their reform taskforce will come “from outside of the world of football”, following a meeting of confederation chiefs at the weekend.In a press conference interrupted by a British comedian’s stunt last week, outgoing president Sepp Blatter announced that an initiative will be launched to help clean up the governing body following their global corruption scandal.Pressure had grown for the leader of the 11-man taskforce to be a fully-independent figure from outside of Europe.The decision on the task force chairman will be taken by the six confederation presidents and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is standing down in February.And, following discussions between those men, a statement released on Monday read: “At this meeting, it was decided that the Task Force “Reforms” should be chaired by an independent person from outside of the world of football.”However, the man viewed as the favourite to be appointed, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, has ruled himself out of the job.It is understood it comes after UEFA president Michel Platini and the Asian Football Confederation pushed for a figurehead who is completely independent of FIFA.FIFA sponsors Visa and Coca-Cola have also both called for a wholly independent process to look at how the world governing body can bring in changes.Scala is seen as being too close to FIFA as he is already deeply involved with the world governing body, as independent chairman of the audit and compliance committee. He has also developed a number of the reform proposals that were put to FIFA’s executive committee last week.A spokesman for Scala said in an email: “Domenico Scala never applied for such a chairmanship. He would consider to chair such a task force anyway under the strict condition only, that independence was guaranteed.”Meanwhile, campaign group New FIFA Now has labelled the suggestion that Scala was wholly independent of FIFA as “laughable”. FIFA reform task force leader to be ‘from outside of the world of football’ 1last_img read more