Saint Petersburg - FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has
announced that the troubled organisation is to meet with key sponsors who have
voiced their displeasure at the corruption scandal engulfing world football's
Valcke, speaking in Saint Petersburg on the eve of the World
Cup qualification draw on Saturday, said that Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Visa had
sent letters voicing their dissatisfaction after corruption charges were filed
against seven FIFA officials in the USA.
"There will be a meeting next month in August between
all the FIFA partners and FIFA along with the legal and marketing
departments," said Valcke.
"The issue is to make sure from their side that the
reform process ongoing should be through an independent body.
"That was discussed with the presidents of the
confederations, with (Sepp) Blatter and there will be more information about
this taskforce and how it will act in the next weeks."
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FIFA president Blatter confirmed earlier this week that he
will step down after 17 years in the job when a new president is elected on
Blatter also outlined his reforms for the disgraced
organisation including limits on terms for leaders, tougher background checks
on executive committee members and the publication of salaries of top
However, VISA chief executive Charlie Scharf believes that
meaningful reform can only take place once Blatter is removed.
"Two things need to happen to ensure credible
reform," Scharf said in a statement on Friday.
"First, an independent, third-party commission led by
one or more impartial leaders is critical to formulate reforms. Second, we
believe no meaningful reform can be made under FIFA's existing
Valcke restated that he too will step aside when a new
president is elected.
"Whoever the new president is should have a new general
secretary," he added.
"If I was the next FIFA president I would take a new
general secretary, so yes whoever becomes the next FIFA president should have a
new secretary general because it is the most important relationship for any
"Whoever becomes the chairman of an organisation should
appoint his CEO."
And Valcke said the current instability at FIFA meant it was
unlikely that any new major sponsors would be signed up before February's
election despite ongoing negotiations with two major international companies.
"The current situation doesn't help to finalise any new
agreement, that is a fact. I am sure until the next election there will be no
"There are negotiations with two major companies around
the world to reach the first level of FIFA partnership and I don't know if it
will be announced before or after the elections."For
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