UEFA calls for 12-year limit for FIFA president
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -European football leaders want to limit the next FIFA president to 12 years in office - four years more than FIFA's top anti-corruption adviser recommends.
UEFA's 53 member nations proposed Thursday that football's world governing body should follow the International Olympic Committee. It imposed a 12-year presidential limit in reforms after the Salt Lake City bidding scandal.
"It makes some sense,'' UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told reporters. "If the IOC has adopted such a rule for their president - following a situation you all know - this must have had some reasons, and some good reasons as well.''
Current FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have completed 17 years in office when his mandate ends in 2015.
UEFA President Michel Platini is favorite to succeed 76-year-old Blatter, who has pledged not to seek re-election even though ongoing reforms would not prevent him standing. It is not expected that changes, including an age limit of 72 for election candidates, would apply to officials already in place.
Still, UEFA's proposal conflicts with FIFA adviser Mark Pieth's call for an 8-year presidential limit to help curb corruption.
Infantino said UEFA members were unanimous in calling for an initial eight-year mandate at FIFA to be followed by a second term of four years.
"It is right that you give time to a FIFA president to implement his ideas and his program,'' Infantino said. "Find me a FIFA president who has been in office for less than 12 years in any case?''
Pieth was critical of UEFA's approach to FIFA reforms in an interview with a German newspaper at the weekend. The Swiss law professor suggested that its leaders were prioritizing their own ambitions over the general good of world football.
UEFA is taking part in a worldwide consultation of FIFA's 209 member nations on suggested reforms which they will vote at their congress in Mauritius.
Blatter has set the May 31 gathering as a deadline to complete his promised two-year cycle after a series of damaging corruption scandals.
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