European clubs issue warning to FIFA over reforms

European clubs issue warning to FIFA over reforms
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Published December 5th, 2015 - 02:33 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The ECA also complained that clubs had not been consulted over a proposal to increase the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams though the executive committee rejected this suggestion
The ECA also complained that clubs had not been consulted over a proposal to increase the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams though the executive committee rejected this suggestion

The European Club Association (ECA) has issued a warning to FIFA that it is not prepared to sit on the sidelines as the game's world governing body attempts reforms after a year of scandal and corruption.

"Clubs are not prepared to be further ignored," the ECA said Friday, after the FIFA executive committee approved proposals from reform committee chairman Francois Carrard at December 2-3 meeting in Zurich.

"ECA had misgivings towards the manner in which FIFA managed this reform process, but agreed to give FIFA the benefit of the doubt believing that it was serious in its attempt to modernise the governance of world football.

"However, given the recommendations that have now been presented, ECA was right to believe that a reform process led from within is unable to deliver a sustainable governance model, which is fit for the 21st century."

The ECA represents 220 clubs from 53 European football associations and is currently chaired by Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Pending approval from a FIFA congress on February 26, the president and members of a newly-formed council will be limited to 12 years in office.

The council replaces the executive committee, is to consist of 36 members and to serve as a supervisory board of FIFA without any executive powers.

Instead, the general secretary and nine instead of 26 committees will gain in importance and will make most management decisions.

In addition, the payments of top officials will be published each year.

"A number of recommendations are important and necessary steps which should lead to FIFA's institutional structure becoming more transparent and accountable moving forward," the ECA said.

"Nevertheless, the committee's proposals relating specifically to the governance reform are missing the involvement and greater recognition of all stakeholders. Clubs, in particular, have the legitimate right to play a decisive role in football governance and occupy a position reflective of their significant contribution to the game."

The ECA also complained that clubs had not been consulted over a proposal to increase the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams though the executive committee rejected this suggestion.

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