Sport Steven Lowy set to avoid removal by FIFA after FFA congress consensus reached

10:08  13 september  2017
10:08  13 september  2017 Source:   The Age

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That coincided with allegations of interference from Lowy after consensus was reached twice before breaking down. Should the new FFA Congress be approved it means Lowy won't be removed by FIFA .

Under pressure: FFA chairman Steven Lowy . Photo: Christopher Pearce. After the state member federations, A-League clubs and players union (The PFA) twice reached consensus for a new membership structure of the FFA as required by FIFA , the FFA Board met privately with the state

Uncertain future: FFA chairman Steven Lowy.© Christopher Pearce Uncertain future: FFA chairman Steven Lowy. The Football Federation Australia board looks set to be spared the embarrassment of being overthrown by FIFA after consensus for a new FFA congress was reached late on Tuesday night.

The bitter civil war that's engulfed Australian football for the past year is one step closer to ending after the nine state football federations are understood to have reached a majority agreement for a new membership structure of the FFA.

After being told by FIFA to expand its congress from 10 votes (nine for the states and one for the A-League clubs) to become sufficiently democratic and inclusive of the game, the FFA is set to inform Zurich that its members have reached a consensus for a 15-seat congress with nine votes for the states, four for A-League clubs, one for the PFA and one for women's football (9-4-1-1).

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Embattled FFA chairman Steven Lowy is set to remain in his position following reports that consensus on a new congress was reached overnight. Fairfax Media is reporting a new congress model was settled on last night

Should it be approved by FIFA, it will likelyend their involvement in Australian football's governance, having previously threatened to remove chairman Steven Lowy and replace his board with a Normalising Committee had a new FFA congress not been approved and in place by November 30.

The prospect of a FIFA takeover increased last month after a three-person delegation from world football's governing body oversaw two days of lengthy talks but failed to deliver an agreement across all parties. That coincided with allegations of interference from Lowy after consensus was reached twice before breaking down.

However, for the first time throughout the Congress saga, all nine state member federations are understood to have settled on a voting composition that meets FIFA's criteria for a congress that is more democratic, representative and inclusive of stakeholders in Australian football. Previously, seven of the states supported the FFA's proposal of a small increase in members while the two biggest state federations, Football NSW and Football Victoria fought for a larger, more democratic congress.

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The negotiating skills of FFA chairman Steven Lowy and CEO David Gallop will be tested. Last week FFA informed FIFA it had reached consensus from more than 75 per cent of members for the first stage of an expanded congress , after the previously resistant Football Federation Victoria offered

Under pressure: FFA chairman Steven Lowy . Photo: Christopher Pearce. After the state member federations, A-League clubs and players union (The PFA) twice reached consensus for a new membership structure of the FFA as required by FIFA , the FFA Board met privately with the state

Should the new FFA Congress be approved it means Lowy won't be removed by FIFA. However, the FFA chairman faces an uncertain future with more adversaries taking-up voting roles at the Congress, giving them power to elect and remove board members.

Fairfax Media understands the 9-4-1-1 model agreed by the states was not approved by the A-League clubs who currently have one vote, nor the the Australian footballers' players union, the PFA. This could present a stumbling block as FIFA's preference has been for consensus among all stakeholder groups.

However, they may likely have to settle for the model as more than 75 per cent of the voting bloc of the current Congress has approved the new format.

It is not yet known how the one vote for women's football will be allocated with previous calls for that to be administered by the PFA who represent Matildas and W-League players. However, there has also been a movement for the only standalone W-League club - Canberra United to take up that seat, despite having close ties to the FFA and governed by an existing voting member, Capital Football.

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