The Bureau of the FIFA Council had taken jus before Christmas the following decisions concerning the governance of two member associations.
Normalisation committee appointed for the Ivorian Football Association (FIF)
The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to appoint a normalisation committee for FIF pursuant to art. 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes. This decision is the result of the failure of the country’s football governing bodies to carry out an electoral process for a new Executive Committee in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to all FIFA member associations. After several months of engaging with FIF, the failure was attributed to inherent weaknesses in the association’s governance structures and processes, including contradictions in the FIF Statutes and Electoral Code that have yet to be resolved, and which significantly impacted the flawed electoral process conducted. It was further taken into account the fact that the mandate of the executive had already ended.
The mandate of the normalisation committee will include the following tasks:
- To run FIF’s daily affairs;
- To partially review the FIF Statutes and Electoral Code (where necessary for elections) to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements, and to ensure their adoption by the FIF General Assembly;
- To review the statutes of some stakeholders; and
- As a last step, to act as an electoral committee in order to organise and conduct elections of a new FIF Executive Committee based on the newly aligned FIF Statutes and Electoral Code.
The normalisation committee will consist of a suitable number of members, who will be designated jointly by FIFA and CAF. All members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations. The committee will serve as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for the positions to be filled during the elections. Its mandate will expire on December 31, 2021.
Mandate of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) normalisation committee extended
The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to extend the mandate of the PFF normalisation committee, which was due to expire on 31 December 2020, until all tasks have been completed, but until no later than June 30, 2021.
The decision was taken with the primary objective of allowing the normalisation committee to fulfil all of the tasks entrusted to it in its mandate.
In addition, following the decision of the chairman of the normalisation committee to step down from his position by the end of 2020, FIFA will appoint a new chairperson in due course, who will have to pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations.