FIFA has â€œa lot of work to doâ€ 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 Fifaâ€™s reputation had harmed the game and said that improving its standing was the â€œNo1 challengeâ€ it faced.
â€œI do believe that Fifa has some huge challenges and definitely its image and perception, that is definitely perhaps the No1 challenge,â€ said Webb, speaking at Soccerex in Manchester.
â€œI believe, with all due respect, Fifa hasnâ€™t done a great job with communications historically but the image and public perception is definitely affecting the game.â€
He said the corruption and bribery allegations surrounding footballâ€™s world governing body had not had an impact on the â€œbusiness sideâ€ of its operations.
He added: â€œDefinitely 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.â€
Webb also called for further changes to the Fifa executive committee to ensure it was more representative. He admitted the organisation â€œcould have gone furtherâ€ 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