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Soccer’s FIFA Closes Beckenbauer’s World Cup Advisory Panel

Soccer’s governing body FIFA is closing down an advisory group that was set up to suggest ways of making the sport more attractive.

The FIFA Task Force Football 2014, led by World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer, was established last year after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. That tournament was criticized for not matching the level of performances seen in competitions such as the Champions League, and the group’s aim was to improve matters before the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

FIFA today said the group has concluded its work following discussions on possible reforms. Beckenbauer and several other members will now be amalgamated into the FIFA Football Committee, a permanent standing body which will continue to present proposals to improve the game, the governing body said.

FIFA’s Task Force 2014 was one of the core planks of Sepp Blatter’s bid to secure a fourth term as the organization’s president, which he achieved in June last year. His only rival, Mohamed Bin Hammam, withdrew shortly before the vote and has since been suspended by the governing body.

In all, four FIFA task forces have concluded their mandates to propose reforms, FIFA said. These resulted in measures including the creation of a two-chamber ethics committee.

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