Chair of both the FIFA Ethics Committee and the Task Force Ethics Committee, Claudio Sulser gave an interview to FIFA.com on Friday and explained the key points of the proposals made by the Ethics Committee and approved today by FIFA’s Executive Committee.
FIFA.com: Can you explain to us the motivation behind the proposals made by the Ethics Committee and newly approved by the Executive Committee?
Claudio Sulser: The fact of the matter is that before the Task Force Ethics Committee was created we set up a working group at the Ethics Committee with the purpose of proposing amendments to the Code of Ethics. To some extent we anticipated the work conducted by the Task Force, and I’m delighted that our suggestions have been taken on board.
What does this new two-chamber structure mean exactly?
We are going to divide the Ethics Committee into two chambers: one investigatory and the other adjudicatory. The goal is to clarify what we do by sharing out the workload. Up to now, all the members of the Committee have had to do everything. Investigation is essential in finding out the truth, but we didn’t have a procedure for the Ethics Committee and we had to use that of the Disciplinary Committee. Now we’ve got our own procedure though.
What has the Ethics Committee been lacking up to now?
The Ethics Committee had to adapt its work to each situation as it arose, which was a peculiar position to be in. When we became aware of these problems and the Code’s procedural drawbacks, we said to ourselves that we had to change a few things and that we wanted to make some proposals to the Executive Committee. The creation of the Task Forces after the 2011 Congress changed things a little bit, but in the end it worked because it was the Task Forces that drew up these proposals.
So you are satisfied with today’s outcome?
Yes, because these changes don’t interfere with anyone’s rights. The only reason for making them is to increase the possibility of finding out the truth and ultimately punish those who break the Code of Ethics.