FIFA drops age-limit proposal
29 May 2013, 10:25
Port Louis - The FIFA executive committee dropped a reform proposal on
Tuesday to limit the age and terms for its officials from the congress
this week, saying "no consensus" has been reached on the issues among
its member countries and a "thorough analysis is required."
Tuesday's executive committee meeting chaired by President Sepp
Blatter, FIFA said possible age and term limits would have to be
"examined further" and the congress would be asked to put them back on
the agenda for its 2014 annual meeting "with a concrete proposal."
The two-day congress in Mauritius opened on Thursday with its 209 member associations set to vote on various reforms.
Next year's congress will be in Sao Paolo, Brazil, ahead of the World Cup.
77-year-old Blatter had publicly opposed age limits for FIFA positions -
in contrast to the International Olympic Committee - but the proposal
was still expected to be put to member countries in Mauritius.
board also said it fully supports a resolution from its anti-racism
task force and would ask the 2013 congress to vote on what are likely to
be proposals for sterner punishments for those found guilty of racist
abuse. These should include a mandatory ban of five games for any player
found guilty of racism in a game. The five-game ban currently in force
only applies to international football.
The task force, led by
FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, had been set up after the recent
re-emergence of racism, especially in Italy.
Blatter criticised a
fine imposed by Italian football authorities on Roma for its fans'
racist abuse of AC Milan players, claiming it wasn't large enough. The
congress may now be asked to vote on bringing in compulsory and stricter
punishments for teams if their fans, players or officials are found
guilty of discrimination.
FIFA also rejected a request by the
Yemen Football Association that a ban be lifted on the country hosting
friendly and international games, saying the suspension remains for
The committee also appointed new South American
football president Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay as the chairperson of
the 2014 World Cup organising committee. Figueredo took over as head of
Conmebol from Nicolas Leoz, who resigned citing ill health before a FIFA
ethics court ruling found that he — along with ex-FIFA president Joao
Havelange and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira — accepted bribes
from the sport marketing company ISL in the 1990s.
Leoz's place on FIFA's executive committee and attended his first
meeting on Tuesday, along with newly elected Asian Football
Confederation president, AFC president, Sheik Salman Bin Ebrahim Al
Khalifa of Bahrain and Sunil Gulati of the United States.