When Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani was tabbed to a part of FIFA’s 13-member reform committee, he was skeptical.
“I had some reservations in terms of whether FIFA was really serious about change,” he said Tuesday.
But Montagliani said he’s been “pleasantly surprised” by the process, so far.
FIFA instigated a reform process in the wake of a series of arrests of top-ranking officials on fraud and racketeering charges. The Swiss-American investigation is still ongoing. Allegations swirl around vote-fixing and vote-buying schemes over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. And FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke has been suspended over allegations over his role in a ticketing scandal.
In May, the Canadian Soccer Association decided not to back FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the organization’s election, putting its vote behind challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein (CLICK HERE), who pulled out of the race after the first round of voting.
But, soon afterward, Blatter announced he would step down and that a reform process would be initiated. The reform committee is headed by Switzerland’s Francois Carrard, who was the director general of the International Olympic Committee from 1989-2003.
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