LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The International Football Associatio…

LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The International Football Association Board yesterday dealt with issues relating to conflicts of interest in the ticketing for the 2006 World Cup.

At its meeting in Zurich yesterday under the chairmanship of Senes Erzik (Turkey), the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play dealt with a number of issues including that of FIFA vice-president Jack A. Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), who had himself brought the matter to the committee’s attention.

The committee concluded that because of his involvement with Simpaul Travel Service in Port-of-Spain, FIFA vice-president Jack A. Warner has a conflict of interest with regard to ticketing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, and as a result, he has violated FIFA’s Code of Ethics. The FIFA Executive Committee will now discuss this matter on 16-17 March 2006.

The committee also examined the case of Turkey coach Fatih Terim and decided not to enter into the matter.

Furthermore, the committee resolved to submit a proposal to the Executive Committee regarding the Code of Ethics, suggesting that it should be revised to include a provision governing betting that in the future will also be applied to players, agents, associations and clubs.

With regard to the fight against racism, the committee called for stricter sanctions to be imposed, and consequently for the FIFA Disciplinary Code to be revised. With this in mind, the committee decided to hold this year’s FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day on 30 June and 1 July to coincide with the four FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final matches and in this way take an appropriate stand against racism.

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