Sport Australia calls FIFA-backed proposed changes to FFA a ‘concern’

Sport Australia calls FIFA-backed proposed changes to FFA a ‘concern’


Sport Australia entered the war of the Australian Football Federation Congress, with Chief Executive Officer Kate Palmer stating that the organization does not support the governance changes proposed by the working group supported by FIFA.

In a letter to the nine state federations and A -League club, Palmer said it would be a "concern" for Sport Australia if all the recommendations made by the review congress working group (CRWG) were to be enacted.

"It is the vision of Sport Australia, that there AUSTRALIA Sports Sports & # 39; Principles," Palmer wrote in the letter, which was seen by AAP.

However, Palmer did not establish what those concerns were, signaling the release a more detailed statement next week

FFA outgoing president Steven Lowy had previously used the principles of governance of Sport Australia as a basis for his opposition to the reforms, arguing that they would not preserve the independence of the FFA board of directors. The CRWG proposals should be voted for the FFA Extraordinary General Meeting later this month.

FIFA had established that EGM should be convened by Friday. Furious lobbying has continued behind the scenes as the camps pushing for FFA governance reform and those who resist, try to get the support of the men who will vote.

The president of four state federations – north of NSW, Tasmania, ACT and Northern Territory – is still believed to be against the findings of the CRWG and may prevent him from being adopted if they continue to stay.

Palmer took note of their position and told Sport Australia Concerned over the last two years of the FFA aligning with their statutes – so it is very doubtful that FIFA has the appetite for further discussion on the subject. , having pressured for the last two years away without success

The involvement of Sport Australia, a federal government agency whose contributions to the CRWG report were noted in the 100-page document presented to FIFA last month, reforms. If it is considered by the FIFA an interference of the government in the management of this sport, but the global body tends to look faintly whenever governments do it directly.

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