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Swiss lawyer Francois Carrard to lead FIFA reform process

Published 11/08/2015

Reform Committee Independent Chairman, Francois Carrard.
Reform Committee Independent Chairman, Francois Carrard.

The man credited with cleaning up the International Olympic Committee after the Salt Lake City scandal, Francois Carrard, has been appointed to carry out a similar job at FIFA.

Dr Carrard has been appointed as the independent chairman of the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee after a consultation with the six football confederations, who each put forward two representatives.

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

"To that end, I will establish an independent advisory board, made up of representatives from outside football, to support the work of the committee and provide an additional layer of independent expertise.”

The Swiss man is no stranger to a role of this kind. As Director General of the International Olympic Committee Dr Carrard guided the IOC through its own governance reforms in the wake of the bidding process for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.

FIFA President Blatter said: “We believe Dr Carrard is the right person to drive this reform process forward as an independent chairman with a proven track record in governance reforms. We are confident that he can help FIFA to strengthen its governance structures in a credible and meaningful way. FIFA’s commercial partners will also play a key role in the reforms, and we will be discussing with them the most productive way to include their views.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will stand down in February amid two separate corruption inquiries related to the administration of football's world governing body.

The newly appointed Reform Committee will provide a preliminary report on September 24 and 25 at their regular quarterly meeting.

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