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FIFA Names Burundi Soccer Head as First Woman on Executive Board

May 22, 2012

FIFA today appointed a woman to its executive board for the first time in the soccer body’s 108-year history.

Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, was invited to become the 25th member of FIFA’s executive committee, which is responsible for decisions including the host countries of its $5 billion World Cup.

Nsekera will take her position after FIFA’s 62nd Congress in Budapest this week. A formal election for a regular female committee member will be held in 2013 once FIFA’s new statutes come into force, the organization said in a statement following a meeting of the executive board yesterday.

The changes to the statutes come after FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter started a program to overhaul several of the organizations structures following a series of corruption allegations that have tarnished the soccer body’s reputation.

The executive committee confirmed changes to its ethics panel that creates two chambers, one that investigates offenses and another that adjudicates, with two independent chairmen. FIFA said an official expected to be named as head of its adjudication branch has withdrawn because of ill health.

The appointment on Nsekera brings FIFA in line with regional bodies in Europe and Asia, which both have women on their executive boards.

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