FIFA has read with interest the report “Safe Hands: Building integrity and transparency at FIFA” published today by Transparency International (TI), which contains recommendations on corporate governance and compliance. The FIFA President, who welcomes the contact with TI and acknowledges their input, insists that especially after the FIFA Congress on 1 June 2011, FIFA remains committed to the task of continuing to improve its organisation, with a strong focus on increasing transparency and acting with zero tolerance against any form of corruption.
In this regard, FIFA is pleased to note that several of the best practices and recommendations made by the TI report are already being implemented by FIFA, and that others have been approved by the 2011 FIFA Congress for their implementation in the coming months.
The Ethics Committee has already taken firm action against officials who have been found guilty of breaching the FIFA Code of Ethics, whether in the process related to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup™ host announcement or the 2011 FIFA presidential election. In the past months, high-ranking officials (members of the Executive Committee and confederation and association presidents) have been sanctioned with suspensions ranging from one year to lifetime bans.
FIFA has taken important steps in the fight against match-fixing and corruption, such as the creation of Early Warning System GmbH and an agreement with INTERPOL to finance a dedicated Anti-Corruption Training Wing within the INTERPOL Global Complex (IGC) in Singapore in order to prevent match-fixing and help educate all stakeholders in the football family in this matter.
In terms of transparency, FIFA publishes all of its regulations, circular letters to member associations and the principal decisions taken by its Executive Committee, Ethics Committee and Disciplinary Committee on the official website FIFA.com. Similarly, the FIFA Statutes, Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code, which outline the rules of conduct of all stakeholders in the football family, are all public, as are the annual Activity Report and the Financial Report, which complies with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and provides comprehensive information on FIFA’s revenues and expenses.
Furthermore, the FIFA President already publicly stated in October 2010 that FIFA would show zero tolerance towards any form of corruption in football. While FIFA acknowledges that work remains to be done, it is convinced that the measures which have been implemented and the direction which has been taken will help to further strengthen FIFA’s governance in cooperation with the FIFA Executive Committee, the member associations, the confederations and other FIFA stakeholders.