Sheikh Ahmad drops Fifa reform proposals hint

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a leading member of the reform committee at football’s global governing body Fifa, has suggested that up to 40 per cent of the reform proposals tabled by ethics and compliance chief Domenico Scala could be rejected.

Sheikh Ahmad told the Reuters news agency that “60 to 70 per cent” of the proposals that were made by Scala, who submitted an eight-point plan on September 1, would be approved by the committee. However, he added that term limits for Fifa’s top executives would be restricted to the organisation’s president.

“This is normal for a lot of organisations,” Sheikh Ahmad said. “I think age limit will achieve the same goals – you will have three or four terms maximum, unless you are young. And if you are young, what is the percentage that is so young to make the rules for them?”

Scala said: “I believe term limits for all executive committee members are critical and higher governance standards at confederation and association level are also critical as they are the main cause of the current issues.”

Meanwhile David Nakhid is set to take Fifa’s ad-hoc electoral committee to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over his exclusion from the Fifa presidential contest, according to the Wired868 news website.

Nakhid, a former Trinidad and Tobago national team captain, thought he had secured the minimum five nominations from national associations to become a candidate for the February 26 election to replace incumbent Sepp Blatter. However, it has emerged that US Virgin Islands Football Association president Hillaren Frederick – who had reportedly promised Nakhid his vote – had already supported a rival.