FIFA Passes Some Reforms, But Leaves Out Others

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (AP) - FIFA says it is on the way to reform, although some insist it is still not doing enough.

The world soccer body Friday put in place tougher measures on racism, introduced integrity checks on senior officials and welcomed a woman to its ruling board.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, speaking at his group's annual congress on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, says his organization has "weathered the storm" and "emerged from troubled waters."

The head of the reform panel advising FIFA, however, told delegates there is still lots to do. Swiss professor Mark Pieth says FIFA must make public the salaries and bonuses of its big earners and set age and term limits for senior officials.

In one step toward reform, Lydia Nsekera of Burundi was voted onto the executive committee as its first female full-time member. FIFA also approved stricter punishments for clubs if their players, officials or fans are found guilty of racist abuse.


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