Mukul Mudgal will head FIFA’s Governance Committee

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Justice Mukul Mudgal – who was already serving as the deputy chairman of the panel – has been nominated to be the next head of FIFA’s governance committee.

The ex-Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana had been previously involved in overseeing conduct of international cricket matches and IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. He was also roped in by the Asian Football Federation in a similar capacity. Mukul Mudgal was the one who headed the Indian Premier League 2013 spot-fixing probe.

His name was proposed on Thursday by FIFA Council during the Congress currently underway in Bahrain.

The FIFA Council proposed a list of members of both chambers of independent Ethics Committee, the Disciplinary Committee, Appeal Committee, the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Governance Committee to the 67th FIFA Congress.

Each list of candidates will be presented for election en bloc to the FIFA Congress, each for a term of office of for years which would come into effect immediately.

A FIFA statement released on Thursday said, “The proposed list of candidates for the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Governance Committee and the judicial bodies was agreed to following a thorough consultation process involving FIFA and the six confederations. The decision on the final list of candidates was then agreed to unanimously by the FIFA Council.”

“These individuals have been chosen because they are recognised, high-profile experts in their respective fields. Moreover, they better reflect the geographic and gender diversity that must be a part of an international organisation like FIFA.”

The position of the governance chief was vacant since Miguel Maduro was “fired”. According to a British newspaper, Maduro was “fired” over his role in barring Russia’s World Cup head from the ruling council of world football’s governing body, part of a widespread clear-out of executives who have led the organisation’s reform efforts.

In March, Vitaly Mukto, chairman of Russia’s 2018 World Cup Organising Committee was deemed ineligible to continue on the FIFA Council, the 37-member ruling body, before of his position as deputy prime minister in Moscow.

That decision was made by FIFA’s governance and review committee, visited by Maduro, a former Portuguese government minister, who had led a clampdown on political interference in football.

Justice Mukul Mudgal had been appointed deputy chairman of the governance committee in may 2016 during the FIFA Congress in Mexico.

The final confirmation will come after the FIFA congress on Thursday. Mudgal’s elevation comes after the serving chairman Miguel Poiares Maduro was shifted to another committee.

This is a major development for Indian football as he will be one of the first from the country to head a FIFA standing committee. AIFF president Praful Patel is a member of FIFA’s finance committee.