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SBD Global/March 29, 2013/International Football

British MP's Urge FA's To Stop Internal Reform Of FIFA From Becoming 'Sham'

British MPs are urging the English, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations to help stop the internal reform of FIFA from becoming a "sham," according to Richard Conway of the BBC. FIFA Independent Governance Committee member Alexandra Wrage said the reform process had been "neutered" after several measures were rejected by the world governing body. These measures included "toughening up the process for deciding how future World Cups are awarded" and disclosing how much FIFA President Sepp Blatter and other leading executives are paid. Following Wrage's complaints, representatives from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have requested that the English, Scottish and Welsh FAs "ensure some of the IGC's rejected proposals are discussed" at FIFA's annual congress in May. Conservative MP Damian Collins, in a letter to David Bernstein, wrote: "This was supposed to be the moment when Fifa embraced the need for greater transparency in its financial affairs and key decision-making processes. Instead the impression has been created that Sepp Blatter and the Fifa executive committee have no serious commitment to reform, and that the whole process has been a sham" (BBC, 3/28).
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