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FIFA launches Football Law Talks

11 Jan 2021

We are proud to announce that FIFA will launch its Football Law Talks 2021, and delighted to invite you to a series of six webinars on current relevant football law topics.

FIFA Legal's Football Law Talks are tailored towards lawyers with an interest in sport law and/or in-house legal counsels of international or national federations, clubs, leagues and player unions and are delivered by experts and practitioners from the specific legal fields.

Each session will be live streamed on FIFA.com with simultaneous interpreting into Spanish and French and will bring together football law professionals from around the world and provides for a presentation and comprehensive discussion and Q&A sessions.

You can find further details about the Football Law Talks 2021 on legal.fifa.com or in the official brochure.

Bureau of the FIFA Council passes decisions concerning Côte d’Ivoire and Pa...

24 Dec 2020

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today taken the following decisions concerning the governance of two member associations.

Normalisation committee appointed for the Ivorian Football Association (FIF)

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to appoint a normalisation committee for FIF pursuant to art. 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes. This decision is the result of the failure of the country’s football governing bodies to carry out an electoral process for a new Executive Committee in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to all FIFA member associations. After several months of engaging with FIF, the failure was attributed to inherent weaknesses in the association’s governance structures and processes, including contradictions in the FIF Statutes and Electoral Code that have yet to be resolved, and which significantly impacted the flawed electoral process conducted. It was further taken into account the fact that the mandate of the executive had already ended.

The mandate of the normalisation committee will include the following tasks:

  • To run FIF’s daily affairs;
  • To partially review the FIF Statutes and Electoral Code (where necessary for elections) to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements, and to ensure their adoption by the FIF General Assembly;
  • To review the statutes of some stakeholders; and
  • As a last step, to act as an electoral committee in order to organise and conduct elections of a new FIF Executive Committee based on the newly aligned FIF Statutes and Electoral Code.

The normalisation committee will consist of a suitable number of members, who will be designated jointly by FIFA and CAF. All members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations. The committee will serve as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for the positions to be filled during the elections. Its mandate will expire on 31 December 2021.

Mandate of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) normalisation committee extended

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to extend the mandate of the PFF normalisation committee, which was due to expire on 31 December 2020, until all tasks have been completed, but until no later than 30 June 2021.

The decision was taken with the primary objective of allowing the normalisation committee to fulfil all of the tasks entrusted to it in its mandate.

In addition, following the decision of the chairman of the normalisation committee to step down from his position by the end of 2020, FIFA will appoint a new chairperson in due course, who will have to pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations.

FIFA files criminal complaint in connection with Museum project that landed...

22 Dec 2020

FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with Zurich’s cantonal prosecutor as evidence of suspected criminal mismanagement by FIFA’s former management and companies appointed by them in relation to the ‘Haus zur Enge’ has surfaced following an investigation by external experts. 

The complaint identifies the direct involvement of former FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter together with other persons in relation to activities relating to the agreements that were signed in relation to the facility, which is located in downtown Zurich. The complaint includes the entire project costs at CHF 500 million, and identifies that the previous FIFA administration poured CHF 140 million into renovating and refurbishing a building that the organisation doesn’t own, while also locking itself into a long-term rental agreement on unfavourable terms when compared to standard market rates, which, in total, will cost FIFA CHF 360 million by the date of expiration in 2045. That is half a billion Swiss Francs that could and should have been channeled into the development of global football.   

“Given the massive costs associated with this Museum, as well as the general way of working of the previous FIFA management, a forensic audit was conducted in order to find out what really happened here,” said FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Administration) Alasdair Bell. “That audit revealed a wide range of suspicious circumstances and management failures, some of which may be criminal in nature and which therefore need to be properly investigated by the relevant authorities. We came to the conclusion that we had no choice other than to report the case to state prosecutors, not least because the current management of FIFA also has fiduciary responsibilities to the organisation and we intend to live up to them, even if those before us dismally failed to.” 

The highly complex investigation of all documents pertaining to the ‘Haus zur Enge’ project – a building that occupies ten floors with 3,000 square metres of exhibition space, events and dining areas, 34 apartments and office space with approximately 140 workstations in the Enge district of Zurich – has now resulted in a criminal complaint being delivered by hand to Zurich’s cantonal prosecutor. 

The current FIFA administration also intends to submit all documentation related to this matter to the independent Ethics Committee so that it may instigate whatever investigation it considers appropriate given the circumstances.

In addition, FIFA will continue to cooperate with the authorities in Switzerland and elsewhere so that those people who damaged football are held accountable for their actions.