2 Dec 2011

Watchdog organisation cuts ties with FIFA

9:46 pm on 2 December 2011

An anti-corruption watchdog that had been advising FIFA after it was engulfed in a series of bribery and corruption scandals has cut its ties with football's world governing body.

Transparency International (TI) had been invited to sit on an outside panel headed by an independent expert contracted by FIFA to oversee major reforms.

TI says, however, it is unhappy two of its key recommendations have been ignored.

TI had advised FIFA that paying the expert to oversee major reforms to how it is run would jeopardise his independence.

That expert then said he would not be re-examining old scandals, something TI had recommended should be done.

The BBC reports the move is being viewed by many as a blow to the credibility of FIFA's reform process, which has been led by its president Sepp Blatter.

FIFA has declined to comment.