FIFA to limit term times of senior officials

FIFA have agreed sweeping changes to the structure of world football’s governing body, the chief of which limits senior officials to a maximum of three four-year terms.

Increased representation for women and a separation of political and management functions were also agreed.

A FIFA executive meeting unanimously approved proposals at the meeting on Thursday, which went ahead despite Swiss police arresting two more officials suspecting of taking bribes.

“These reforms are moving FIFA towards improved governance, greater transparency and more accountability,” FIFA’s acting president, Issa Hayatou, said in a statement.

“They mark a milestone on our path towards restoring FIFA’s credibility as a modern, trusted and professional sports organisation.”

A FIFA Council, which would replace the executive committee, would be responsible for “setting the organisation’s overall strategic direction, while the general secretariat will oversee the operational and commercial actions required to effectively execute that strategy”.

There would also be at least one female representative on the FIFA Council for each of the six continental confederations, FIFA said.

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