Uefa want 'concrete' changes at Fifa

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UEFA have called on FIFA to implement "concrete" changes in governance within the next three months.

The world football governing body have been beset by allegations of corruption in recent weeks, with Asian Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam and CONCACAF counterpart Jack Warner provisionally suspended pending a full investigation into bribery accusations.

An ethics committee decreed FIFA president Sepp Blatter had "no case to answer" and he was re-elected unopposed - Bin Hammam having withdrawn from the race - but Warner's stand-in Lisle Austin has since been suspended from duty himself.

At the conclusion of the June meeting of UEFA's executive committee, general secretary Gianni Infantino told reporters: "The UEFA executive committee has taken note of the will of FIFA to take concrete and effective measures for good governance. It hopes to see results within three months and it is following the situation closely.

"We want whatever it is FIFA chooses to do to be concrete."

The European governing body also put in place measures to combat corruption close to home in the 2011 edition of their disciplinary regulations - which also include a new sanction for players deliberately incurring yellow cards in UEFA competitions.

The issue raised its head when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was handed a touchline ban and two of his players, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos, were fined after the pair received second bookings for conspicuous time-wasting in the Champions League group game against Ajax.

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta also faced allegations of a similar offence during his side's quarter-final win over Shakhtar Donetsk but escaped punishment.

Players found guilty of the offence in future will see their ban extended to two matches.

Infantino said: "Up to now, this kind of conduct has been penalised with a fine, but now there will be an additional match of suspension on top of the one automatically given after an accumulation of yellow cards."

On the anti-corruption issue, he continued: "We are strengthening our rules with regard to the whole cancer of match-fixing, manipulation and corruption by foreseeing measures giving the possibility to the disciplinary bodies and inspectors to co-operate much more closely with the public authorities.

"We are co-operating already, but we did not have the legal base - we will now have it much more clearly."

The meeting also set out the prize money for next year's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, with 7.5million euros (£6.63m) on offer to the winning team in addition to the 8m euros (£7m) per team fixed prize money for qualifiers.

The 2013 European Under-21 Championship has been moved forward two weeks to June 5-18 to avoid a clash with the Confederations Cup in Brazil, while a proposed new award to players winning 100 international caps was approved.

New members Sergey Fursenko, Peter Gillieron and Borislav Mihaylov joined the committee for the first time along with Europe's new member on the FIFA Executive Committee, Jim Boyce.

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