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All 53 European FIFA members want its president's age and term limited

posted 24 Jan 2013, 15:44 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Jan 2013, 15:45 ]

FIFA's 53 national associations in Europe propose limits on the age and term of office for the global body's president.

 NYONSWITZERLAND (JANUARY 24, 2013) (REUTERS) - FIFA's president should not be able to serve for more than 12 years and should be no more than 72 years old when elected or appointed, the global federation's 53 European associations agreed on Thursday (January 24).

They also agreed that the age limit should be applied to FIFA committee members, but not the limit on terms.

Details of the 'unanimous declaration' were announced on the UEFA website, which said the meeting was 'conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and attended by UEFA President Michael Platini'.

Current FIFA President Sepp Blatter, aged 76, took office in 1998 and after being re-elected for a fourth term in 2011, when he was 75, said that he would retire in 2015, when his four-year presidency expires. UEFA president Platini is widely considered by football insiders -- and the bookmakers -- a likely successor.

UEFA General Secretary Infantino told a news conference after Thursday's meeting inNyon: "...there is a proposal that there should be a term of office introduced for the FIFA president and this term of office for the FIFA president should be introduced as of 2015, so as of the next elections. Taking the current IOC rule as the model to follow, concretely this means a first term of eight years and a second term of four years and then finished. So 12 years and then that's it."

He said the European members of FIFA proposed an upper age limit of 72 for anyone standing for election or being appointed to a FIFA post.

"There should be a general age limit for everyone at the time of election and this general age limit should be of 72 years of age; 72, 7-2, 7-2. So if you are younger than 72 you can be elected, but if you are older than 72 then you should not be eligible for election and this covers everyone, so the president as well as the members of the executive committee," Infantino said.

The UEFA meeting was requested by FIFA as part of a consultation process regarding possible stautory amendments.