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FIFA anti-corruption advisers due to stop

October 2, 2013

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA’s independent anti-corruption advisers meet for the final time next month after two years’ work trying to modernize football’s governing body after a series of scandals.

The panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth says responsibility now rests with FIFA “to change its culture and to truly fill these reforms with life.”

Pieth’s group says the ethics and financial compliance committees it helped create will continue to oversee FIFA, which has $1 billion-plus annual revenue.

FIFA introduced “several” key recommendations while “historically problematic areas” including “bribery and corruption, have been addressed,” the University of Basel-based group notes.

Pieth’s panel says unfinished business includes introducing age and term limits for administrators, and detail on checking their integrity “still needs to be worked out.”

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