NZ soccer chief to lead FIFA task force
Sat, 05 Nov 2011 2:46p.m.
New Zealand Football chairman Frank van Hattum will jointly lead one of four task forces created by international soccer's governing body FIFA to improve its governance processes.
Van Hattum and Paraguayan Football Association president Juan Angel Napout will head the transparency and compliance task force, one of four announced by FIFA president Sepp Blatter last week.
The task forces are part of a series of measures to ensure good governance, transparency and zero tolerance for wrongdoing on or off the pitch.
The World Cup bidding processes for 2018 and 2022 were hit by allegations of bribery. Former Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam received a lifetime ban after being found guilty of bribery by the FIFA ethics committee.
Van Hattum says FIFA's name had been "tarnished by the actions of a few", but there was a strong worldwide commitment to improve processes, add greater transparency and restore FIFA's reputation.
The first reform proposals from the task forces will be discussed at the next FIFA executive committee meeting in Tokyo on December 16 and 17.
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