Bin Hammam wants open World Cup bidding process

first_imgFifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has stated that he will make the bidding process for future World Cups more open if he is elected to the post.Bin Hammam said Fifa was not corrupt but told the BBC the organisation needed to be more transparent.“We need to explain decision making – people are making decisions that affect millions,” he told BBC sports editor David Bond.Bin Hammam added: “We belong to the people – acting on behalf of them.”Fifa president Sepp Blatter came under fire after Fifa’s vote in December for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.There were allegations of corruption in the bidding process and two executive committee members were suspended, while four other officials were sanctioned. Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president, said the public would have more confidence in Fifa if the process was opened up to scrutiny.“It’s reasonable and logical to vote openly – it happens in other organisations, why shouldn’t it happen in Fifa?” he said.The election for a new president takes place at the two-day Fifa Congress in Zurich, which starts on 31 May.Blatter, 75, has been in charge of world football’s governing body since June 1998, and has not been challenged since 2002 when he defeated African confederation president Issa Hayatou by 139 votes to 56.Source: BBClast_img read more


first_imgTHERE is widespread shock and heartache today after the death of little girl from Dungloe after a brave battle against an immune system disorder.Catriona Melly, 12, was diagnosed with Immunodeficiency when she was just one and in 2006 she underwent a bone marrow translplant.Just two weeks ago Catriona had her favourite wish granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation in the UK. She was driven in a limousine to Andover where she met Tripe and Onions – two snow white Shetland Ponies.Brave Catriona passed away in London this week.Her funeral will take place in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe on Friday.During her special day Catriona and her family had lunch with the ponies’ owner Anne Radcliffe, who gave the little girl a selection of Pony related gifts, including a hat and t-shirt emblazoned with a picture of her new friends. The experience ended with the 12-year-old and her brother Callum, aged 13, going for a ride on a cart pulled by the animals.Speaking after Catriona’s visit mum Carol Melly said: “Tripe and Onions were the most beautiful placid, sweet little ponies and Catriona just loved them.“She had a great day and was so excited. The ladies had washed and brushed the ponies for us so they were very soft and Catriona spent a lot of time just stroking them.”“Thank you so much to Starlight – it was a truly wonderful experience.”Mrs Melly added that her daughter’s love for ponies stems from reading John Flanagan’s Rangers Apprentice books. © 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on HEARTACHE AS LITTLE CATRIONA, 12, LOSES HER FIGHT FOR LIFE was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:catriona mellydungloelast_img read more