Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing probe, has been nominated to be the next head of FIFA’s governance committee. The ex-Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana was already serving as the deputy chairman of the panel.
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.
Mudgal, earlier, was also involved in overseeing the conduct of international cricket matches and IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.
According to Hindustan Times news report, 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.
“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,” a FIFA statement said.
“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.”
Earlier, FIFA moved to replace the leadership of its ethics committee, in effect dismissing the judge and prosecutor whose investigations resulted in the suspensions of Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and other top officials.
In a statement released on the eve of its annual congress in Manama, Bahrain, FIFA announced that it would put forward replacements to lead its two-chamber ethics committee.