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The only positive aspect of today’s ruling is it that the election will now go forward as planned, and the media will be closely watching for any evidence that anyone is photographing their ballot, it is now imperative that voters abide by the ban on mobile phones and cameras in the voting booth. I look forward to Friday’s vote and remain as committed as ever to the goal of reforming FIFA.
The FIFA Oversight Group ...is an essential element to revive FIFA’s reputation and restore it to what it should be – a service organization for football, having the commitment of a group of people with such impeccable credentials, unquestioned integrity and global standing represents an unprecedented response to the unprecedented crisis sweeping FIFA.
I'm referring to competitions and a lot of times Reuters Television comes down to the( continental) confederations as well, and the way they approach games, it's a common feeling within the footballing world and it's something that one has to really tackle and make sure there is no interference in terms of how things are planned.
The timing of this MOU( memorandum of understanding) between the AFC and the CAF looks like a blatant attempt to engineer a bloc vote, questions must be asked : was this deal approved by the members of the executive committees of both the AFC and CAF and is the timing of the announcement, prior to a presidential election, acceptable ?
I have always promoted cross-regional understanding, however the timing of this MOU between the AFC and the CAF looks like a blatant attempt to engineer a bloc vote, africa’s proud football associations are not for sale and development resources belonging to national football associations should not be used by presidential candidates and confederation presidents for political expediency.
This is an incredibly important moment for the future of the organization. It will be a catastrophe for the organization if things do not go the right way, the most important thing is that we have to have a real, responsible leadership in FIFA, no matter what happens in the future, you have to have a leadership that can implement the right changes and that is what I am dedicated to doing.
How can this Task Force address change in any meaningful way within such a short timeline ? There can be no quick fix to issues that are clearly structural, any Task Force that really will have the clout to bring about such vital reform should be a totally independent body, not from within the governance structure of FIFA.
I can not imagine that an organization with the wealth that it( FIFA) has, and the budget that it has, does not yet guarantee that every single national association has the basics of having pitches, kits and so on, it's not that difficult. In Asia, many associations have to ask for support for FIFA, it's almost like a drip feed system.
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