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FIFA Shouldn’t ‘Cherry Pick’ Reform Measures, Adviser Says

Soccer ruling body FIFA shouldn’t “cherry pick” the easiest reform measures as it responds to criticism from sponsors about bribery allegations, its anti-corruption adviser said today. Swiss law professor Mark Pieth, addressing the authority’s annual congress in Budapest, said officials should tackle issues including the creation of a public hotline for reporting wrongdoing, the declaration of executive pay and integrity checks for board members.

“I encourage you to make use of this singular chance you have to go down the reform route,” Pieth, who was appointed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to head a group to suggest changes to the 108-year-old body. “Do something really courageous and generations of footballers, fans and stakeholders will remember you for it.”