FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hit out at UEFA over what he claims are attempts to block his reform process for world football’s governing body.
UEFA recently declared itself against key proposals from FIFA’s reform working party, the Independent Governance Committee (IGC), and rejected a proposal to limit FIFA’s executive committee members to two four-year mandates. It instead called for the FIFA president to serve a maximum of 12 years, rather than the eight suggested by the IGC. Blatter said it is UEFA’s role to consult their national associations on such proposals, rather than issue their own declaration.
“The reform process is on the way to conclusion,” said Blatter, according to Reuters. “Two parts have been implemented by Congress: the establishment of an independent ethic committee, and the fact Congress, and not the executive committee, will choose future World Cup hosts. Now, there are 10 or 11 other points that have to be dealt with by the next FIFA Congress. So, I’m surprised by the reaction of UEFA, because the executive committee told the confederations they should consult with their national associations about the reforms and what they think about the last part of the amendments to the statutes.”
Blatter is also angry that European football’s governing body seems to be taking a stand against security checks that FIFA wants to introduce for those being elected to the executive committee, following past scandals featuring FIFA officials. He added: “What is important to me is that all members of FIFA shall have a scrutiny check, because everyone working somewhere has one. All the referees and linesmen on the FIFA list have to have one and sign a document, which is recognised by their national association. So if it is good enough for FIFA referees, why should it not be the same for the FIFA executive committee and all the members of FIFA? Why is UEFA now against this? I don’t understand it.”