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FFA Congress Reform Rejected, FIFA May Now Be Needed to Step in to Run Football in Australia

Updated On 30 Nov, 2017 Published On

The final decision at today's Annual General Meeting to create a more democratic governance model was voted down. This means perhaps FIFA now required to take over the running of the game in Australia.

FFA chairman Steven Lowy said in a statement that the FFA would now formally communicate the result to FIFA, which has set today as the deadline on which to agree on expansion of the Congress.

FFA Congress Reform Rejected, FIFA May Now Be Needed to Step in to Run Football in Australia

FFA Congress Reform Rejected, FIFA May Now Be Needed to Step in to Run Football in Australia

Source: easports

Steven said:

Those who voted against progress today are those who want to take the game back to the bad old days.

Seventy per cent of the stakeholders today voted in favour of these resolutions and they together with the FFA board will not let the game go back to the bad old days.

He further said:

The game of football in Australia has never been in better shape than it is today. It's not perfect, but football in Australia today is in a fantastic place with great opportunities.

We will now communicate with FIFA about what the next steps should be and to protect the interests of more than a million participants in the game and many more fans in Australia.

Greg Griffin, Adelaide United chairman, speaking on behalf of A-League clubs, said that the vote showed Lowy "has lost the locker room.

The professional game voted against it, the two major states voted against it.

He further said:

Once you lose the locker room in sport, it's very difficult to get it back. I think it has to go to FIFA. It's regrettable but that's what it is.