FIFA to drop 'executive committee' in favor of 'FIFA council'

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says the tainted "executive committee" name of its ruling panel will end on April 26.

FIFA published the agenda on Wednesday for its special election congress on Feb. 26 which confirms the proposed rebrand to a "FIFA council" with less power.

Changes to FIFA statutes, including reforms agreed by the executive committee this month, take effect 60 days later.

The so-called ExCo is symbolic of FIFA's problems.

After Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were banned for eight years on Monday, 14 of the 24-man ExCo from 2010 are now sanctioned or under investigation by FIFA's ethics committee, or indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

FIFA says a proposed governance committee of mostly non-football people will "deal with, and advise and assist the council on, all FIFA governance matters."

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