With all the corruption issues that hounds its organization, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has announced its “collective support” to FIFA’s reform proposal.
The organization’s statement came after a meeting on Friday to address the alarming controversies that had seen 41 individuals and entities indicted before the US Department of Justice. Among those indicted where the organizations last three presidents and former secretary general Chuck Blazer of the United States. Charges include bribery, money laundering, racketeering and conspiracy.
In the meeting, all 41 member association of CONCACAF including its executive committee unanimously voted of the FIFA reforms that will be discussed and voted upon during the FIFA’s Extraordinary Congress set on February 26 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Executive Committee also laid out the proposed reforms, provided detailed explanations behind the reforms and answered queries from its member association.
“The world of football is at a turning point, and today our membership seized the opportunity to take an important step further down the road towards tangible reform, by supporting the reform proposal put forward by FIFA. CONCACAF strongly supports FIFA’s reform efforts and stands willing to work with FIFA to ensure that each proposal is implemented at every level of the game and maintained over time,” CONCACAF said in a statement.
Moments before the meeting, the organization’s lawyers warned its members that if they did not backed the said reforms serious consequences awaits them that includes FIFA sanctions, government actions and problems with banks, sponsors and broadcast partners.
Despite the controversies surrounding the organization, CONCACAF is the third most successful FIFA federation, being the gateway for national teams from the North and Central America, and the Caribbean including three entities from the South America to earn a ticket to the Olympics.
Photo Courtesy: Montrealyul/Wikimedia