KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The shape of the reorganised committee structure at world football federation FIFA has been unveiled.
The central standing committees have been reduced from the 26 of disgraced Sepp Blatter’s regime to nine under Gianni Infantino who was elected to take over the presidency last February.
Most notable ‘name’ appointed to a major role is that of Pierluigi Collina, the Italian former World Cup referee and who had been head of match officials at European federation UEFA while Infantino was general secretary.
One of Collina’s last duties at UEFA was to ensure the elision of both goal-line assistants and goal-line technology at the European Championship finals in France last summer.
In the past members of the executive committee had been scattered all around the standing committees. Under Infantino’s system, however, comparatively few members of the expanded FIFA Council have been allotted to the committees.
However five of the presidents of the six regional confederations have been appointed as committee chairman. These are:
Development: Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (AFC [Asia], Bahrain);
Finance: Alejandro Dominguez (CONMEBOL [S America], Paraguay);
Football stakeholders: Victor Montagliani (CONCACAF (central/north America], Canada);
Associations: Issa Hayatou (CAF [Africa], Cameroon); and
Organising Committee for FIFA competitions: Aleksander Ceferin (UEFA [Europe], Slovenia).
The one confederation president without a chairmanship is Oceania’s David Chung, from Papua New Guinea. His ‘consolation’ is an appointment as deputy chairman of the competitions organising committee.
The heads of the confederations also make up, with Infantino, what is called the ‘FIFA bureau’ which has become, in effect, the new executive committee.
One other notable point is the apparent downgrading of Cameroon’s African confederation president Issa Hayatou. He is FIFA’s senior vice-president and had been head of the all-important finance committee after the death of Argentina’s Julio Grondona in the summer of 2014.
Heading the finance committee now is Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez, the latest president of South America’s CONMEBOL.
FIFA hopes that Dominguez has no skeletons in his cupboard after the last three CONMEBOL leaders (Nicolas Leoz [Paraguay], Eugenio Figueredo [Uruguay] and Juan Angel Napout [Paraguay]) all ended up being indicted by the United States Department of Justice in its FIFAGate corruption investigation.
As far as the composition of the committees is concerned, a FIFA statement has made the point that the new members “have been appointed by the Council on the proposal of the members associations . . . and have passed a compulsory eligibility check carried out by the review committee.
The eligibility of the governance committee members was checked by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee.
FIFA added: “The governance, finance and development committees include at least 50pc of members who fulfil the independence criteria listed in the FIFA Governance Regulations.”
The standing committees:
AL KHALIFA Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim
Trinidad and Tobago
British Virgin Islands
Football Stakeholders Committee
AL HARBI Ahmed Eid
DE MARIA Decio
D ONOFRIO Rodolfo
LOPEZ JIMENEZ Pedro
VAN DER SAR Edwin
Governance Committee and Review Committee
POIARES MADURO Miguel
CAMACHO DE TORREBIARTE Adela
D HOOGHE Michel
AHMED Hosny Abdelrahman
BIEN AIME Sonia
Turks and Caicos Islands
AL WAHAIBI Sheikh Salem Said Salem
HAN Un Gyong
Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions
Papua New Guinea
MUNOZ Maria Sol
AL KHALIFA Shk. Ali Bin Khalifa
CHRISTENSEN Jesper Moller
WABERI Souleiman Hassan
Players’ Status Committee
VAN GAALEN Johan
AL JABER Sami
CRUZ Jose Maria
Trinidad and Tobago
TALEB BALAN Hani