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International pressure closes in on Fifa

For the first time in a very long time, maybe ever, Fifa might come under serious pressure from outside political forces. The last week’s damaging revelations and in-fighting have caused Tory MP Damian Collins speak out about governments worldwide stepping in reform the organisation,

Collins, who was on the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee in front of which Lord Triesman made his claims of corruption, has been working to gather an international coalition of parliamentarians to impose changes on Fifa, like when the US government forced the International Olympic Committee to restructure. This could be the beginning of the end for many of Fifa’s manifestly corrupt officials – and not before time.

‘I have been working with (the pressure group) Change Fifa to set an agenda for Fifa reform and I have included this below,’ said Collins. ‘We are asking members of parliaments and national assembly’s to sign up to this agenda to demonstrate the growing concern about the leadership of Fifa.

‘When a global institution of great importance loses its way, it is the duty of those entrusted with its care to chart a course of correction. When the leaders of such an organisation lack the credibility that is required to do so, a valuable function of parliaments and governments is to offer sound and independent intervention and support.’

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