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FIFA legal heads to create global compliance rules

Attendees at meeting include FIFA chief legal officer Emilio Garcia Silvero

FIFA legal chiefs from around the world have met to devise methods for collaborating on the development of a global standard for compliance programmes across all of the federation’s 211 member associations.

The gathering of legal and compliance heads at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich was focussed on knowledge-sharing and exploring opportunities to work together on compliance.

Attendees included FIFA’s chief legal and compliance officer Emilio Garcia Silvero and the director of compliance, Patrick Trépanier, as well as Omar El Ghiati, (CAF head of legal affairs, corporate), Graciela Garay (CONMEBOL director ethics and compliance), Farah Mohammed (OFC acting head of legal and compliance), Iskandar Leong (AFC head of compliance), Inés Zurera (UEFA governance & compliance Officer) and Bill Carvalho (Concacaf chief legal & compliance officer).

Providing an update on FIFA’s compliance programme, which was launched in 2017, Emilio Garcia said: “FIFA is committed to continued engagement with our colleagues from around the world, and such meetings are invaluable as we continue to explore and share best practices in promoting transparency and ethical behaviour, identifying risk and helping to develop a unified global standard for robust compliance programmes across member associations.

FIFA’s compliance programme was launched with what it said was the objective of “embedding a culture of credibility, transparency and accountability” in the organisation.

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