TO FIFA MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
Circular no. 1848
Dear Sir or Madam,
At its meeting in Doha on 16 December 2022, the FIFA Council approved the 2023 edition of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) and the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE), both of which involve the application of integrity professionals to conduct investigations before FIFA’s jurisdiction. bodies.
Pursuant to article 36, paragraph 3 of the FDC, the purpose of this circular is to explain the requirements and conditions of their appointment and the role they fulfill.
- Roles and functions
Pursuant to Article 36 of the FDC and Article 61 of the FCE, independent integrity experts may be appointed by the secretariat of FIFA judicial bodies to support necessary investigations into potential violations of FIFA regulations.
In particular, they can:
- • hiring third parties;
- • gathering evidence by collecting written information, requesting documents and taking witness statements; • to request disciplinary and/or ethical proceedings;
- • recommending disciplinary action against member associations, clubs and individuals;
- • Representing FIFA in proceedings before FIFA judicial bodies;
- • to challenge decisions made by FIFA judicial bodies in disciplinary proceedings; And
- • Supporting FIFA before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in appeal proceedings against decisions made by FIFA judicial bodies.
To be selected for FIFA’s list of integrity experts, candidates must demonstrate that they have appropriate experience and expertise in conducting investigations and/or football/sports law.
In particular, they must meet the following criteria:
– At least three to five years of experience in sports organizations and/or at least three to five years of experience conducting investigations
– Have proven expertise in handling cases in one or both of the following areas:
- disciplinary matters, including doping or match manipulation
- ethical issues, including sexual harassment and abuse, protection of physical and mental integrity, corruption and bribery
– Fluency in at least two of the following official FIFA languages will be an advantage: English, Spanish and/or French
– Be independent, impartial and avoid third party influence and have no pre-existing relationship or official duty with FIFA or any FIFA judicial body.
– No criminal convictions and no record of professional misconduct
- Appointment conditions
Applications will then be reviewed by the secretariat of the FIFA judicial bodies and a final list of integrity experts will be prepared according to their respective areas of expertise. The list will then be submitted to the FIFA Council for approval.
A list of integrity professionals will be posted on legal.fifa.com after approval.
The tenure as an integrity expert is limited to four years. FIFA’s list of integrity experts will therefore be updated every four years. An integrity professional who violates FIFA regulations and/or national law may be delisted by the FIFA general secretariat.
All integrity professionals are required to always act to the highest standards of integrity and honesty while performing their duties in accordance with FIFA’s rules and regulations throughout their tenure.
- Additional Information
DE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
cc: – FIFA Council
– FIFA judicial bodies
– FIFA Football Court
– World Leagues Forum
Friday, 19 May 2023