Former IOC official Carrard named chairman of FIFA reform commission

Former IOC official Carrard named chairman of FIFA reform commission
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Denis Oswald (R) speaks with Francois Carrard
Denis Oswald (R) speaks with Francois Carrard

Former Olympic official Francois Carrard has been appointed chairman of a FIFA reform commission to oversee changes within the ruling football body battered by corruption affairs.

FIFA said on Tuesday that the commission will develop a reform package to be brought before an extraordinary FIFA congress on February 26, 2016.

Carrard was director general of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) between 1989 and 2003, a period that included IOC reforms in the wake of the Salt Lake City Winter Games bribes for votes scandal.

The 77-year-old Swiss lawyer heads a 14-strong FIFA reform commission, with the others picked by FIFA's six confederations and World Cup sponsors. They include influential IOC member and FIFA executive Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait.

"It is vital for the future of global football to restore the integrity and reputation of its governing body," Carrard said. "As the independent chairman, I am committed to delivering the necessary package of credible reforms, working with representatives from within football and wider society."

Fourteen football officials have been indicted on corruption charges by US authorities and seven of them were arrested in a Zurich hotel two days before the May 29 FIFA congress in which Joseph Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term as president.

But Blatter said four days later he would step down amid the affairs which also include a Swiss probe on the FIFA vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar. The new president is to be elected at the February 26 congress.

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