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Jeffrey Webb: FIfa Has A Lot Of Work To Do To Rebuild Tarnished Reputation

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FIFA has “a lot of work to do” to rebuild its tarnished reputation in the wake of series of corruption scandals, according to its vice-president Jeffrey Webb.

Webb, the president of Concacaf, admitted that the damage to Fifa’s reputation had harmed the game and said that improving its standing was the “No1 challenge” it faced.

“I do believe that Fifa has some huge challenges and definitely its image and perception, that is definitely perhaps the No1 challenge,” said Webb, speaking at Soccerex in Manchester.

“I believe, with all due respect, Fifa hasn’t done a great job with communications historically but the image and public perception is definitely affecting the game.”

He said the corruption and bribery allegations surrounding football’s world governing body had not had an impact on the “business side” of its operations.

He added: “Definitely from an ethics and morals standpoint I believe we have a lot of work to do. We have to build up trust and confidence. We have got to be consistent.”

Webb also called for further changes to the Fifa executive committee to ensure it was more representative. He admitted the organisation “could have gone further” with its reforms and said the report by the ethics chief, Michael Garcia, into allegations of corruption during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be published in full. – The Guardian


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