Statement from Prince Ali on the FIFA Criminal Investigation

September 26, 2015
The need for new leadership that can restore the credibility of FIFA has never been more apparent. We cannot change the past, but we can have a future where FIFA Member Associations are able to focus on football rather than worrying about the next scandal or criminal investigation involving FIFA leadership.

We have to accept that changing FIFA is not a matter of choice; it has already changed, shaken to its very core by the scandals that have decimated our Governing Body and cast a cloud over the entire organization. We have a duty to use our expertise, our experience, and our knowledge to lift that cloud by taking action to demonstrate that FIFA is worthy of the sport it oversees on behalf of the players, the fans and the millions of young boys and girls who can benefit from it.

Change, as I have always said, is a process. It is not an event. The process of change at FIFA began in May. We have an opportunity in February to carry that momentum forward. We must now come together and work to restore FIFA’s credibility and reputation by bringing about the change that is so clearly needed. I have heard from many Member Associations over the last 24 hours, and what I have heard gives me confidence that, working together, we can emerge from this stronger.