FIFA Ethics Committee wants more transparency during investigations

Thursday July 16th, 2015

FIFA’s ethics committee called for more transparency in the organization, saying that the committee should be able to reveal the names of those who are accused of crimes and to state the reasons for disciplinary decisions.

Cornel ​Borbély, chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee’s investigatory chamber, and ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said that more openness "would help efforts to uncover and clear up fraud."

Borbely took over for Michael Garcia after he quit in December over the handling of the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.

In its Code of Ethics, FIFA states that it prevents the names of accused parties within an investigation from being disclosed upon request.

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“This is inconsistent with state criminal proceedings in Switzerland and Europe, which would provide significantly greater transparency,” Borbély said in a statement.

FIFA's push for increased transparency comes amid a widespread corruption scandal engulfing the organization. Authorities from the United States and Switzerland opened separate criminal proceedings into FIFA in May, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his intention to resign last month. 

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