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Rebuilding FIFA Starts With Good Governance

Aarti Maharaj | June 10, 2015

It’s been about a week since FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter announced his plans to step down after 17 years at the helm of the world’s football organization. Blatter’s move comes at a sensitive time where FIFA is trying to salvage what’s left its tarnished reputation. Emerging from the dust of a scandal won’t be easy for the popular football organization but its time for FIFA to start looking inward at its current practices to identify blind spots.

Transparency International recommends that FIFA sponsors should “take collective action to pressure FIFA, its confederations and national federations to meet the highest standards of compliance and ethics.” This should not just be limited to the game but greater transparency should be provided around contracts, VIP invitations and gifts.

Next, an independent reform committee should be created and composed of directors appointed independently and not funded by FIFA, TI says. This committee will have the power to identify,...

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