الأربعاء، 1 يونيو، 2011

Sepp Blatter announces World Cup host vote changes

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has announced that in future, World Cup host countries will be chosen by a vote of all the 208 member associations.Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Up until now, the 24-man executive committee made the choice.
But the controversy surrounding the decision to award Russia the 2018 tournament and Qatar the 2022 event has prompted the change.
"I want to give more power to the national associations," said Blatter, who is set be re-elected on Wednesday.
"In the future the World Cup will be decided by the Fifa congress. The executive committee will create a shortlist - but will make no recommendations only a list - and the congress will decide on the venue."
Blatter, who has been in office since 1998, is the only candidate remaining in the presidential vote after his sole challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam withdrew from the contest last weekend.
The Qatari executive committee member was suspended on Sunday amid allegations of corruption, including claims he "bought" the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, which he denies.
But Blatter claimed that despite the problems that the football's governing body has found itself in and the damage to its image, it could be solved within Fifa itself and with him in charge.
"The Fifa ship is in troubled waters but this ship must be brought back on the right track," he added.
"I am the captain of the ship. It is therefore my duty and responsibility to see to it that we get back on track.
"Reforms will be made and not just touch-ups but radical decisions. We have made mistakes, but we will draw our conclusions.
"We have been hit and I personally have been slapped. I don't want that ever again.
"We must stop once and for all, all these ugly criticisms, allegations, insinuations of cheating left, right and centre."
Blatter also said the chairman of the ethics committee - the watchdog group set up in 2006 to deal with claims of malpractice in Fifa - would in future also be elected by the congress.
He also suggested that a committee would be set up to examine FIFA's corporate governance and recommend changes
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