Over the last six months, FIFA, the governing body of world football, has been the subject of intense international criticism related to allegations of corruption and poor governance. In May, the US Justice Department issued indictments against nine high-ranking FIFA officials on charges including racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud. Shortly thereafter, the association’s recently re-elected president, Sepp Blatter, announced he would step down from office in early 2016.
Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan was the sole candidate standing against Blatter in the presidential election of May this year. Having seen first-hand the inner workings of FIFA’s Executive Committee, he will outline the problems inherent in the organization’s governmental structures that permit (and perhaps even tacitly encourage) corruption and a lack of accountability. Prince Ali will then put forward a number of reform ideas designed to address these issues and provide FIFA with a future where it is fair, transparent, honest and working in the best interests of the sport.
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