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Former GAA President Seán Kelly among MEPs seeking reform of FIFA

Updated: Thursday, 03 Jan 2013 10:51 | Comments

Introduction of term limits for FIFA President is among proposals
Introduction of term limits for FIFA President is among proposals

Irish MEP Seán Kelly has added his voice to a declaration calling for the reform of football’s world governing body, FIFA.

"FIFA has been undeniably tarnished by allegations of corruption and that is having an unfortunate impact on the sport itself," said the former GAA President this morning.

"With this Written Declaration we are building momentum across the EU to force FIFA into a root and branch reform. Corruption in sport is a very serious matter with links to more dangerous organised crime.”

One of the key reforms sought by MEPs is the introduction of term limits for the FIFA President and all members of executive committees.

Current FIFA President Sepp Blatter has held his position for the past 15 years.

Kelly said he favoured a two term limit on the FIFA Presidency “to keep the role fresh and prevent the dominance of such an important global body by one individual.”

The Ireland South MEP, who is a member of the European Parliament's Sport Committee, also highlighted the failure of FIFA to introduce goal-line technology, saying this “further illustrates unwillingness by the governing body to encourage fair play."

Once completed and approved by the European Parliament, the Written Declaration on the reform of FIFA will be forwarded to the European Council, Commission and all Member State Parliaments.

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