The FIFA Executive Committee today (15 September 2006) approved the revised FIFA Code of Ethics and appointed Lord Sebastian Coe (England) as chairman of the new Ethics Committee. In doing so, the Executive Committee of world football's governing body, meeting under the chairmanship of President Joseph S. Blatter for the first time in the new Home of FIFA, has acted in accordance with instructions from the FIFA Congress in Munich in June 2006.
The Congress had decided that the new, independent Ethics Committee should be FIFA's third judicial body in addition to the Disciplinary Committee and Appeal Committee, and that it would be equipped with conduct and procedural rules. The chairman of the committee will be Lord Sebastian Coe. "FIFA is delighted to have Sebastian Coe as chairman of this committee. His personality and integrity, which is renowned the world over, will ensure that he is the best possible person for this role," explained President Blatter.
Lord Coe also declared his satisfaction with this appointment: "I am delighted to have been selected for this important role. Inspiring young people into sport is a personal passion of mine. To do this, we must protect and promote the ethics and morals of sport for future generations. My role as the chairman of London 2012, as an IAAF council member, as a member of the UK Athletics Council and as the chair of FIFA's Ethics Committee will involve me in this area at the very highest level of sport."
The new Code of Ethics comes into force immediately and will apply to all future matters. In other words, it will not apply retrospectively.
FIFA Code of Ethics
FIFA Code of Ethics - Procedural Regulations
In other matters, FIFA vice-president Jack A. Warner made a statement on the accusations that have been levelled at him regarding World Cup tickets. The Executive Committee decided that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee should investigate the matter to ascertain whether regulations have been breached.
The regulations governing the 'Football for a Better World' fund, based on a decision and declaration from the FIFA Congress in June regarding FIFA's social responsibility, were also approved. This fund, which will incorporate the 'Win in Africa with Africa' initiative, will be used to implement and support sporting and humanitarian projects in under-privileged regions all around the world, and it will also be open to donations from external partners.
The overall budget for the fund for the next four-year cycle (2007-2010) is yet to be determined. The Congress has already approved the sum of USD 70 million for the "Win in Africa with Africa" initiative in the 2007-2010 period, with USD 34.8 million earmarked for use in 2007. This sum will primarily be used to install an artificial turf pitch in each and every African country.
Other Executive Committee decisions:
- The inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be played in New Zealand in 2008. The slots will be allocated among the confederations as follows: AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and UEFA: 3 each; Oceania: 1.
- The 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be held in Chile.
- After being held there in 2005 and 2006, the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup will also take place in Japan. Other host nations will be considered for the 2008 edition.
- The television rights (2007-2014) for Canada were awarded to public service broadcaster CBC, with the rights for Latin America (excluding Brazil) awarded to OTI.
Reports were also delivered on the situation in various associations such as Indonesia, Poland, Portugal and Nigeria. FIFA and the relevant confederation will continue to monitor developments in these countries. The Executive Committee also discussed the procedure for admitting Montenegro into membership of FIFA in the light of the country's declaration of independence in spring this year.
Finally, the committee took note of reports from various committees and from the Task Force 'For the Good of the Game'. Concrete results from the Task Force's three working groups are due to be presented at the committee's meeting in December.