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FIFA Executive Committee meets to plan election for Blatter successor

July 20, 2015 - SWITZERLAND

FIFA's executive committee meets to plan the election of its next president to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter, which will include confirming a date. FIFA critics and supporters alike will watch the meeting for news of reforms to rid world football's governing body of corruption.

The committee may shift the date, announced informally for Dec 16.

Blatter tended his resignation days after his re-election on May 29 amid two corruption probes of his organization. Seven FIFA officials were arrested on 27 May following a raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich. They were among 14 officials and associates indicted by United States authorities on racketeering and bribery charges. Swiss prosecutors have also begun a criminal investigation into how the rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded.

FIFA's powerful executive committee (ExCo) is made up of 24 representatives from regional soccer confederations. They vote on World Cup host bids and manage the organization's lucrative television-rights and sponsorship deals. Previous recommendations for reform have included a centralized vetting process for ExCo members, the addition of independent members to the committee, term limits, and a public record of ExCo compensation and benefits.

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Date written/update: 2015-06-23