Thursday, 28th March, 2013
FIFA adviser Alexandra Wrage has blasted the football governing institution for what she believes is their failure to “quell some of the fan unhappiness” because of their refusal to enact reforms concerning corporate transparency, integrity and gender equality.
Wrage, a member of FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee, has been at the forefront of FIFA reform process ever since Mohamed Bin Hammam, Sepp Blatter’s election rival two years ago, was accused of bribery. Bin Hammam, on his part, has denied the claims.
Wrage’s proposed reforms include the creation of an independent oversight committee to FIFA’s executive leadership, integrity checks and transparency when it comes to the salary of the institution’s top brass as well as programs to promote gender equality in its administration.
“There’s very little point continuing if our recommendations are not being accepted”, Wrage told the BBC. “Our recommendations just seem to fall off the agenda."
The Canadian advisor was also insistent on her position on transparency, stating that a giant conglomerate such as FIFA, having financial reserves in the region of £923M, should install “robust” controls.
"There is so much money at stake there that [the bidding process] has to be crafted in such a way that there are the most robust controls in place possible", she said.
"I’m a great fan of transparency. If it could quell some of the fan unhappiness then why wouldn’t you do it?"
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