Nur zwischendurch, die Meldung des Tages: Sepp bekommt also Konkurrenz, nun doch. Ich begrüße das, keine Frage.
Bevor ich mich ausführlicher dazu äußere, Pionierehrenwort, flink eine
- langweilige, den Gegebenheiten angepasste Umfrage
- darunter unsere freie Umfrage, die schon mehr als ein Jahr läuft und gewiss mehr Spaß bereitet.
Mohamed Bin Hammam erklärte heute übrigens in Kuala Lumpur:
Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I’ll be trying to be as brief as I can and naturally I’ll put myself at your disposal for any questions.
During 40 years of engagement with football, as the president of a club, as the president of a national association, as a president of a confederation and, for the last 15 years, as a member of the Executive Committee of FIFA, I have had the privilege and honour to serve under two great presidents, Dr Havelange and Mr Joseph Sepp Blatter as well as along with the extraordinary members of the FIFA Executive Committee. We have worked sometimes also during extraordinary times but we have always managed to get FIFA to safe shores.
I would like to take this opportunity to say to all the presidents I have worked with, to all my colleagues on the Executive Committee of FIFA, thank you very much. I am very grateful to you because from them I have learned a lot. I have captured a lot about the sport’s politics and sport administration.
Today, after careful study, consultation and consideration, armed with my love and passion for football and believing that football is about fair competition, I have decided to contest the upcoming FIFA Presidency Election, scheduled on June 1, 2011.
I am glad to say that the AFC Executive Committee encouraged me and supported me in my candidacy and I am inviting the member associations, football communities and media to be part of my humble endeavour to make the change that is necessary and needed in FIFA.
I will be looking to develop the game to its best in both professional and amateur levels, on and off the field and make it accessible to each and every level of our global community.
I will always put in mind and consider among other things the diversity of the interests and the views of different football stake holders; member associations, clubs, leagues, players and officials; the demands from the public to keep FIFA and football organisations above accusations and suspicion of negative practice; the demands of the public to create an absolute, ethical, democratic and transparent environment within FIFA; the necessity for strong unity and solidarity among member associations; the need for fair distribution of World Cup revenues between the different stake holders, taking into consideration that FIFA must build sufficient reserves to help it through difficult times and the principal of solidarity must pervade for all of our stakeholders. I will always put into consideration the need and the requirement of economically underprivileged member associations to have more technical and financial support to enable them to close the gap between their nations and those of the advanced football nations.
What kind of changes will I bring to FIFA when I am elected as president?
I’ll expand the band of the decision making body and in this contest – and forgive me, members of the media here if I am disagreeing with some of you regarding the corruption within FIFA. FIFA is not a corrupt organisation but the fact so few people can take a huge decision affecting millions and hundreds of millions of fans always makes that sort of doubt and rumours around the members. I will increase the members of the FIFA Executive Committee. In my opinion, I will propose that UEFA gets four more seats, CAF four more seats, Asia four more seats, CONCACAF three more seats, CONMEBOL one more seat and OFC one more seat.
A new executive committee will be coming, 40 members plus the president is 41 and it will avoid as much as possible for the privilege of the casting vote going to the president.
Naturally all of those people are going to be democratically elected through their confederation’s congresses and I know the public is going to be interested also to know what are the financial benefits and the remuneration for those members. I will make it public.
I will rename the Executive Committee the FIFA Board and will transfer all the duties and the responsibilities of the Executive Committee as it is today to the FIFA Board. I will establish an Executive Office. The President of FIFA will be the Chairman and the six presidents of the six confederations will be the members of this office. This office will be responsible to execute the decision of the Board.
Collectively and jointly, the President of FIFA and the Presidents of the confederations will be responsible for executing the decisions of the FIFA Board.
This office will be given the necessary authorisation to function and execute the decisions.
Secondly, I will decentralise the activities of the FIFA administration. The way I see FIFA functioning today, it is too bureaucratic and very much centralised and as far as I’m concerned, it’s efficiency is in doubt in so many areas, especially when it comes to the technical and legal matters. It is important that FIFA delegate some of its activities in these areas to the Confederations. The Confederations are integral parts of the football organisation and very important parts.
I believe all the courses, the technical courses and development programmes, which are now directly handled by FIFA from Zurich, this task can be given to the different Confederations. It is going to be more economic and efficient.
The legal matters, like the statutes and international transfers, and statutory issues can be handled directly by the confederations under the supervision of their executive bodies. FIFA will finance the technical and legal departments of the confederations providing them with the necessary professional experts and ways and means to handle their jobs.
I will engage all the stake holders in FIFA’s decision making process and with more than 300 million people directly engaged in football; players, coaches, referees, member associations, clubs and the leagues from six different confederations and each of them have unique and different needs and charms. And yet all of them have the equal right to love and enjoy and administer our beautiful game.
FIFA has to embrace these bodies as part of the decision making process. Their opinion and views should be the basis of FIFA’s decisions to develop and administer the game worldwide.
Lastly, the football community worldwide will always fall victim to disputes and misunderstandings. Within FIFA, I propose the right platforms for the clubs and leagues and national associations and confederations to debate about important issues and all of our differences and seek outcomes that are fair and in the interests of all the parties involved.
I will establish a Transparency Committee. FIFA has an Ethical Committee checking acts after they happen. The Transparency Committee is going to be sure that all the acts of FIFA are sufficiently transparent to the public before they take place.
I am inspired by the idea that FIFA should be transparent, as much as possible.
The point is not only to establish a Transparency Committee or an Ethical Committee, I think the point is how we select and choose the chairmen and the members of this committee. If it is going to be based on friendship and personal relationships then I think it is not going to serve the cause. I think we are going to have to find the right mechanism to find these people, maybe more CVs from all over the world, professionals and experts, qualified enough to do this job. CVs have to be collected and distributed among the board and let the Board debate about the persons on these committees.
I would suggest, also, a limited term for these members, one term of either four years or eight years but it is not renewable. I think this is very important and necessary that these people have been elected or selected by a group of people and they will not serve any additional term.
I will look, also, for fair distribution for FIFA World Cup revenue and I believe among others, clubs, leagues, players and member associations who participate in the World Cup finals and in the qualification shall be fairly compensated.
I am proposing to increase the financial assistance to the member associations from US$250,000 to US$500,000 per year and I also propose that the budget of the Goal Project, for each project, to be increased up to US$1 million per project.
I will appeal to the able national associations to work in solidarity and give more benefits to the smaller and underprivileged economically national associations.
I don’t think that the big nations need the help of FIFA in this aspect but if we work in solidarity, the smaller associations will be have more benefit out of FIFA.I will not talk about other technical issues like technology and its use during the games but naturally I have made my view clear in the past that I will support the goal-line technology and I will support additional two assistants behind the goals as have been proposed by Michel Platini, the president of UEFA.
Naturally, these ideas have seen the light for the first time today and I’m sure when I propose my thoughts to the public and to the Board in the future their opinions and their input will definitely sharpen and make these thoughts and ideas better.
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