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Comedian upsets FIFA meeting

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 02:11

Sepp Blatter and FIFA bosses hold a special meeting to set a date for a vote to replace the outgoing president. As Hayley Platt reports, football's governing body says it's taking reform seriously after being rocked by a series of corruption scandals.

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It was a good few minutes before security came to the rescue. The offender: British comedian Simon Brodkin, who was then escorted out of FIFA's extraordinary meeting. After a short break to clean up the fake money thrown at outgoing president Sepp Blatter, proceedings resumed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEPP BLATTER, FIFA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I am sorry what has happened at the so called beginning of my entry here." 79- year-old Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term but after allegations of corruption were brought against FIFA, decided to step down. He himself has not been accused of any wrongdoing but FIFA is under investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice as well as Swiss authorities. Campaigners have been calling for the former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan, to take charge. But four out of six continental soccer confederations say they would back Michel Platini, head of European soccer's governing body UEFA. The Frenchman is likely to decide within the next ten days or so whether to run for the post or not. Among the reforms agreed now will be an 11 man taskforce aimed at cleaning itself up after a series of scandals. There will be "centralised integrity checks for Executive Committee members. And term limits will be introduced as well as higher standards of governance. But will it be enough to rehabilitate the world's soccer governing body. BGC's Mike Ingram. SOUNDBITE: Mike Ingram, Market Strategist, BGC Partners, saying (English): "There needs to be a wholesale clearout at the very highest levels. OK Sepp Blatter is gone, it was very clear that his position had become untenable but it's not reasonable to think that a lot of people along side him weren't to some extent knowledgeable of what was going on within FIFA." Elections for a new president will be held on February 26, 2015. Whoever takes over will inherit an organisation scarred with decades of scandal and corruption.

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Comedian upsets FIFA meeting

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 02:11