A key FIFA official believes corruption within the organisation has come about partly due to leading figures remaining in positions of power for too long.
Domenico Scala, the body’s head of audit and compliance, released his eight-point plan to clean up FIFA on Thursday and believes a greater turnover of personnel – with a maximum of three terms of four years – will help eradicate some of the problems that have plagued world football’s governing body in recent times.
He said: “A number of issues have their root cause in the fact that people have stayed for far too long.”
Sepp Blatter stood down as president in June after 17 years in charge following the arrest of seven leading FIFA officials on suspicion of corruption, with his replacement due to be elected in February.
UEFA president Michel Platini and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan have already announced their candidacy and Scala, speaking independently after former International Olympic Committee director general Francois Carrard was appointed to tackle corruption in the organisation, believes now is the time to change the perception of FIFA.
“The reform process at FIFA is essential to the future of the organisation and it must be guided by broad public discussion of all reform ideas,” he said. “I am pleased to contribute my detailed plan to this process, which must be as comprehensive and transparent as possible to ensure its credibility.
“I made it very clear when Mr Blatter laid down his mandate that it was not only about the change of presidency but that there were certain systemic issues that need to be addressed.
“We need reforms now, we can’t wait. FIFA works very well operationally and has not come to a halt. But this is a watershed in terms of role and perception going forward.”