AIFF to appoint ethics committee for more transparency

  • Amit Kamath, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2016 13:45 IST
Mumbai, India - July 22, 2014: Andy Knee, Kushal Das and Baichung Bhutia addressing media during the player draft of Hero Indian Super league in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)

For the first time in its history, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to appoint an ethics committee to bring in more transparency and improve governance.

The step is one among the several measures AIFF has been instructed to implement by world football's governing body, Fifa. 

The ethics committee will handle all anti-corruption matters, such as investigating allegations of graft against officials. 

"Earlier the code of ethics was looked at by the disciplinary committee. But we felt that in the current scenario, we must have an ethics committee. It will be a five or six member team," AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das told HT. 

It is learnt that FIFA, which has undergone massive structural reforms itself in the wake of multiple corruption scandals, has asked AIFF to make changes to their constitution to improve governance. Accordingly, AIFF suggested the proposed ammendments to the constitution during the executive committee meeting on July 28 in New Delhi. The ammendments will now be placed in front of a special general body meeting, which is due in November. 

Das added that AIFF will also appoint independent members for some standing committees, such as the finance and audit committee. 

AIFF will also do away with voting rights for individual members of state associations, which was allowed so far, after Fifa raised concerns about the membership criteria.

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