July 2024

FIFA’s corruption crisis has finally reached its term according to President Gianni Infantino. The scandal-battered organization appointed Fatma Samoura as the organization’s new secretary general. Infantino hopes that the Senegalese national who used to work for the United Nations will help improve FIFA’s image. “FIFA is back on track. So I can officially inform you here, the crisis is over,” Infantino told the press. 

Changing FIFA’s image

Samoura is going to replace Jerome Valcke who was sacked and banned from football for 12 years after being involved in a TV rights scandal. As part of this organizational shakeup, Infantino plans to provide the new secretary general CEO-like responsibilities. A separation of powers is also being implemented in the organization.

“She will bring a fresh wind to FIFA,” Infantino stated. “Somebody from outside, not somebody from inside, not somebody from the past. Somebody new, somebody who can help us do the right thing in the future.”


New Reforms

In his quest to bring more transparency to the football organization, Infantino put in place new operational reforms in the organization. These changes include setting up enhanced compliance for revenue and spending, putting in place eligibility checks for new members of committees and senior positions, publishing individual compensation of senior FIFA officials and appointing independent members on key committees. Former world players of the year Luis Figo and Mia Hamm were asked to join the development committee as independent members while Ivory Coast former striker Didier Drogba was asked to be the Deputy Chairman of the footballer stakeholder committee. The Montreal Impact striker has not accepted the nomination yet.

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