Scottish Football Association 'encouraged' by Sepp Blatter's promise of Fifa reforms

SFA and FA failed in their attempt to postpone presidential elections after withdrawal of Mohamed Bin Hammam but chief executive insists focus should be on re-building reputation
The Scottish Football Association has revealed that they are "encouraged" by Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s promise of more transparency within the organisation.

Both the SFA and English FA attempted to get the Fifa elections postponed after Blatter emerged as the only candidate following Mohamed Bin Hammam's withdrawal, although their efforts were thwarted by committee members.

However, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has insisted that the move heaped pressure on the 75-year-old to instigate much needed reforms to the way football’s governing body is run, with the promise of transparency high on the agenda.

"The Scottish FA is encouraged by the promise of a more transparent and inclusive approach to future governance made by Fifa at its Congress in Zurich today,” Regan said in a statement.

"While we accept and understand that the Fifa statutes allowed for the election of a single presidential candidate, our request for a postponement was made primarily to enable a line to be drawn under the speculation and accusations that clouded the Congress and undermined the election process.

"Having requested a wholly independent Ethics Committee, we are pleased that, as a first step, the chairman of the committee will in future be elected by the Congress, along with the appointment of designated independent individuals to the committee.

"We are also in agreement with the promise that a Solutions Committee be formed to examine corporate governance and recommend changes.”

Regan also insisted that the decision to revamp the voting process for deciding future World Cup tournament hosts is a huge step forward.

"Moreover, we are satisfied with the announcement on the major change to how World Cup host nations will be chosen," he added.

"In the interests of openness and transparency, and also to protect the integrity of the Executive Committee members, the decision to alter the selection process to a vote from all 208 member associations, rather than the 24-man ExCo, is a positive step."

Football’s governing body has come under great scrutiny recently, with allegations of bribery and vote fixing damaging its reputation greatly, and Regan feels that now is the time to move forward and re-build their reputation.

"We must all now work hard together to improve the image and reputation of the world game, which has been damaged by the recent events.

"Indeed, at next Tuesday's AGM, the Scottish FA will have its own opportunity to approve the most radical changes in its 138-year history."

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