Leading official quits FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee

FIFA’s reform efforts have suffered a new blow with the resignation of Alexandra Wrage, one of the key members of its Independent Governance Committee (IGC).

BBC Sport reports that Wrage, president of TRACE International – a non-profit membership association that provides anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational companies and their commercial intermediaries – quit the IGC last week in protest over her belief that reform proposals had been watered down. Wrage said last month she was “frustrated and surprised” that FIFA had failed to support several measures she regarded as “really bland, straightforward governance provisions” after a meeting of its executive committee in March.

The IGC’s proposals including tightening up the bidding process for the World Cup, ensuring independent oversight of FIFA’s Executive Committee, disclosing salary details of leading executives and establishing independent background checks for future staff appointments. “We all focus our efforts where we can have an impact and I was not having an impact at FIFA,” Wrage told The Guardian newspaper. “It is important the organisation you are dealing with is receptive to those efforts and receptive to change. The independent governance committee put in a tremendous amount of work and effort putting together some fairly uncontroversial recommendations which were then knocked back.”

The IGC was formed in December 2011 following the furore around the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, along with the FIFA presidential election scandal. Its remit was to recommend ways in which the governing body should change.