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SBD Global/May 31, 2013/International Football
Michel Platini Says FIFA Has No Desire To Limit Age Of Senior Officials
Published May 31, 2013
MUSICAL CHAIRS: In a separate piece, REUTERS' Collett reported English FA General Secretary Alex Horne said that Britain's long-term presence on the FIFA exec committee "will be retained despite the abolition" of the British vice presidency. The British vice-presidency "will be abolished" at Friday's FIFA Congress in Mauritius, a "trade-off for the four British associations" of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales retaining their influence on the Int'l FA Board. However, Britain "will retain a permanent seat" on the exec committee as one of the three European VPs proposed and seconded by UEFA (REUTERS, 5/30).
LADIES FIRST: The BBC's Richard Conway reported FIFA "will elect a woman" to its exec committee for the first time in its history. Former Australia int'l Moya Dodd is one of three women vying for a four-year term as a FIFA exec. Dodd: "I would hope I could contribute something, not just for women's football but for women in football." Her election rivals are Burundi's Lydia Nsekera and Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks and Caicos Islands. All three remaining candidates will serve on the exec committee -- "one as elected member for four years and two as co-opted members for one year" (BBC, 5/30). In Sydney, Megan Levy reported Blatter called Dodd "good, and good looking" in an address to the Asian Football Confederation. Dodd said that she "was not offended by Blatter's view of her." Dodd said, "I was more focused on his earlier comments that I was a good candidate, a very good candidate. Knowing him as I do, I certainly took no offense" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5/30).