FIFA approves wide-ranging reform package

Football's beleaguered ruling body FIFA approves a wide-ranging reform package with an overwhelming majority of 89 per cent to restore its credibility in the wake of corruption probes.

With a 75-per-cent majority required, 179 approving voting members made up 89 per cent, while 11 members (22 per cent) opposed the reforms at an extraordinary FIFA congress.

Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou and reform commission chairman Francois Carrard had urged delegates to approve the reforms with major governance changes, term limits for top officials, greater transparency and bigger women's representation.

Hayatou spoke of "a turning point in the history of football" and said "we are fortunate we can start a new chapter for member federations and governance around the world."

Last update: Fri, 26/02/2016 - 12:37
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