FIFA Reform Committee An Important Step: UEFA President Platini
FILE – In this May 28, 2015 file picture, -President speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the European Soccer federation in Zurich, Switzerland. Michel has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body “the dignity and the position it deserves.” Platini, the UEFA president and a vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday July 29, 2015 saying he will stand in the election and is counting on their support. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP,file)

European football’s governing body UEFA president Michel Platini referred to the creation of the as an important step in the introduction of structural changes to the global football federation.

“The creation of this working group is an important step towards the introduction of much needed reforms in the FIFA,” Platini, who has already announced his candidature for the FIFA presidency, said in a statement on Tuesday.

FIFA on Tuesday appointed former director general as the independent chairman of its 2016 Reform Committee.

The 77-year-old will head an 11-member panel charged with undertaking structural reforms in the scandal-ridden FIFA.

The new FIFA president will be elected at FIFA’s Congress to be held February 26 next year in Zurich.

The new committee comes as a response to recent corruption scandals that tarnished FIFA and its current interim president, Sepp Blatter, and to respond to calls for change from some of the main sponsors of the football body.

Platini added that all the confederations have elected their representatives to the committee based on their knowledge of football affairs and governance, and now they will work together for the good of the game.