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FIFA Executive Committee fully backs resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination

FIFA Executive Committee Meeting, 28 May 2013
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Chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee held its second meeting of the year on Tuesday, in Mauritius, ahead of the 63rd FIFA Congress to be held on the Indian Ocean island on 30 and 31 May.

Following a report on the proposals made by the FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination from its chairman, FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, the Executive Committee fully supported a resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination, which will now be submitted to the upcoming FIFA Congress (see the document to the right).

Regarding FIFA’s governance reform process, the FIFA Executive Committee endorsed all reform proposals which have been integrated in the amendments to the FIFA Statutes and will be submitted to the vote of the Congress. As no consensus has been reached among the member associations and their confederations on the agenda items “term of office” and “age limit”, a more thorough analysis is required. Therefore, both items will be examined further and the Congress will be asked to put them back on the agenda of the 2014 FIFA Congress with concrete proposals.

Regarding FIFA’s competitions, the executive decided to appoint Portugal as hosts of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2015 and Colombia as hosts of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016.

The executive welcomed the high interest in hosting a FIFA competition, as shown by the number of countries that submitted a bid to host the following tournaments:
- FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 (Norway, Republic of Ireland, South Africa)
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016 (Bahrain, Jordan, Republic of Ireland, South Africa)
- FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 (Azerbaijan, Bahrain, England, France, Korea Republic, Mexico, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine)
- FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 (Azerbaijan, India, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Uzbekistan)
- FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 (Argentina, Bahrain, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, India, Israel, Mexico, Seychelles, South Africa, Turkey)

The hosts of these tournaments will be appointed in December 2013.

Also on the meeting agenda was an update on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Furthermore, CONMEBOL President Eugenio Figueredo was appointed as new chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the tournament.

Following a suggestion from the FIFA President, it was decided that a proposal would be prepared for the next meeting of the Executive Committee on marking the 25 years of FIFA women’s football competitions.

Other items:
- The dates of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (7-28 July 2013) were included in the international match calendar.
- In response to the request from the Swiss Football Association to play their Cup final on 25 May 2014 (during the rest period for the 2014 FIFA World CupTM), the executive reasserted that only players not selected for the FIFA World CupTM may play matches organised by member associations during the rest period.
- The request from the Yemen Football Association to lift the ban on friendly and official matches was rejected for security reasons.

AFC President Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (Bahrain), CONMEBOL President Eugenio Figueredo (Uruguay) and Sunil Gulati (USA) participated in their first FIFA Executive Committee meeting.

The next meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee will be held in Zurich on 3 and 4 October 2013.

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