FIFA Executive Committee

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FIFA Executive Committee (ExCo) is an institution of FIFA (the governing body of association football). It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress.

History[edit]

György Szepesi was FIFA Executive Committee Chairman from 1982 to 1994.[1]

Structure[edit]

The Executive Committee consists of a President, elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup, eight vice-presidents and 15 members, appointed by the confederations and associations. It meets at least twice a year, with the mandate for each member lasting four years, and its role includes determining the dates, locations and format of tournaments, appointing FIFA delegates to the IFAB and electing and dismissing the General Secretary on the proposal of the FIFA President. It is made up of the following representatives:[2]

  • CONMEBOL: one vice-president and two members
  • AFC: one vice-president and three members
  • UEFA: two vice-presidents and five members
  • CAF: one vice-president and three members
  • CONCACAF: one vice-president and two members
  • OFC: one vice-president
  • The FA, SFA, FAW and IFA: one vice-president

Membership[edit]

Name Nationality
President
Sepp Blatter  Switzerland
Senior Vice-President
Julio Grondona  Argentina
Vice-Presidents
Issa Hayatou  Cameroon
Ángel María Villar  Spain
Michel Platini  France
David Chung  Papua New Guinea
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein  Jordan
Jim Boyce  Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Webb  Cayman Islands
Members
Michel D'Hooghe  Belgium
Şenes Erzik  Turkey
Worawi Makudi  Thailand
Sunil Gulati  United States
Eugenio Figueredo  Uruguay
Marios Lefkaritis  Cyprus
Jacques Anouma  Ivory Coast
Rafael Salguero  Guatemala
Hany Abo Rida  Egypt
Vitaly Mutko  Russia
Mohamed Raouraoua  Algeria
Salman Al-Khalifa  Bahrain
Theo Zwanziger  Germany
Zhang Jilong  People's Republic of China
Marco del Nero  Brazil
Lydia Nsekera  Burundi
General Secretary
Jérôme Valcke  France

Corruption[edit]

In November 2010, two Executive members, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, were banned for one and three years respectively. Temarii was also fined 5,000 Swiss Francs, while Adamu was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs. Temarii had been found breaching FIFA's code of confidentiality in a sting by The Sunday Times, while in the same sting Amos Adamu was found to have tried to sell his vote for the host of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups. The number of Exco members for the 2 December vote was thus reduced from 24 to 22, and the winning vote requirement from 13 to 12. FIFA, however, have not ruled out the possibility of replacing Adamu and Temarii.[3]

On 25 May 2011, Exco member Chuck Blazer reported fellow members Mohammed bin Hammam and Jack Warner to FIFA's ethics committee claiming they offered bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union at a meeting on 10/11 May. Bin Hammam involved Sepp Blatter in the scandal claiming he knew about the alleged cash payments. As a result of this scandal, bin Hammam stood down from the June 2011 presidential election and FIFA later suspended both he and Jack Warner. Sepp Blatter stood unopposed and won the election with 186 out of 203 votes.[4]

On 31 May 2011, in an interview with German press, when asked about who he voted for to receive the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights Grondona said, "Yes, I voted for Qatar, because a vote for the US would be like a vote for England, and that is not possible [...] But with the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left."[5]

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