ZURICH — A proposal to abolish the FIFA executive committee vice-presidency traditionally held by Britain will be discussed at next month’s Congress, world soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.
Four Caribbean federations have indicated they will call for the post, which is rotated through the four British associations and currently held by Scotland’s David Will, to be abolished.
That would reduce the number of executive committee vice-presidents to six, two of whom already represent UEFA.
The proposal calls for the post to become that of an executive committee member and to be allocated to UEFA.
Britain has traditionally held the vice-president’s position in recognition of its historic place in the sport.
The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is also expected to submit a plan calling for its current member position to be upgraded to a vice-presidency.
Of more immediate concern to FIFA is that the OFC find a replacement for president Charles Dempsey.
Dempsey recently resigned his post on the FIFA executive after the controversy surrounding his decision to abstain from the vote that awarded Germany the 2006 World Cup ahead of South Africa, leaving the confederation without a representative.
Other issues to be discussed at the Congress on August 4-5 in Zurich include a harmonised international calendar and the establishment of a soccer arbitration tribunal.
The Congress will also vote on Bhutan’s application to become FIFA’s 204th member.
Source: SOCOG Reuters