Blatter’s Suspension “Still Short” of What’s Required
It was quite a breath of fresh air and no surprise when the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee recommended a 90-day suspension of FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.
Major FIFA sponsors like VISA, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s, last week, joined calls demanding that Sepp Blatter step aside from the position. Campaign groups like Transparency International, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and NewFIFANow, also last week, released a joint statement calling for Sepp Blatter to not only be investigated, but also, completely vacate the office.
Given latest media reports, NewFIFANow “welcomes” the recommendation of a 90-day suspension of Sepp Blatter, by the Investigatory Chamber of FIFA Ethics Committee. The campaign group is however, of the opinion the recommendation is “still short” of what they say is “required to fix” FIFA.
FIFA Senior Vice-President Issa Hayatou, from Cameroon, is next in line to replace the embattled President Blatter for the period of the latter’s suspension. However, Mr. Hayatou sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2011, has been the subject of bribery allegations by a Qatar-bid whistle-blower. An allegation the CAF President, denies.
According to NewFIFANow, questions of trust in FIFA again, will be down to an end of the “crisis of corruption” and the “crisis of management”. “The only way that the international community can have any trust in FIFA in the future, is to end the crisis of corruption and the crisis of management”, a statement from NewFIFANow read.
NewFIFANow suggests that a “time-limited independent FIFA Reform Commission led by an eminent person is the only way forward”. This proposition is also advocated by the European Parliament and FIFA sponsors, Coca-Cola, VISA and McDonald’s.
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