Van Praag’s promises if elected FIFA president

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SHOWS: ZEIST, NETHERLANDS (MARCH 2, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL VAN PRAAG SAYING: “When a controversial incident takes place, we cannot

Van Praag's promises if elected FIFA president

SHOWS: ZEIST, NETHERLANDS (MARCH 2, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL VAN PRAAG SAYING:

“When a controversial incident takes place, we cannot expect our referees to be the only people in the stadium who cannot replay that moment, where everyone else can check on their smartphones whether the ref’ was right or wrong. The referee is the only person who cannot do this, so I want to introduce more modern technology like the video referee”

2. VAN PRAAG

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VAN PRAAG TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD CUP, SAYING:

“40 countries, 40 with a guaranteed place in the tournament for the organising country or organising countries and a guarantee that the reigning world champion can defend their title; this is new. And an extra place for one more country per federation”

4. VAN PRAAG

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VAN PRAAG SAYING OF FUNDING:

“At present, too much money is dissapearing in the periphery. This is why I will increase the funding of football associations fourfold. Each football association will see its funding go up from 250,000 (U.S.) dollars to a million per year”

STORY: FIFA presidential candidate Micheal van Praag officially launched his bid on Monday (March 2) with wide-ranging proposals from video referees through a bigger world cup to much greater funding for national associations.

The 67-year-old President of the Dutch football association (KNVB) said he only wanted to serve one four-year term, during which introducing more modern technology would be a feature.

“When a controversial incident takes place, we cannot expect our referees to be the only people in the stadium who cannot replay that moment, where everyone else can check on their smartphones whether the ref’ was right or wrong. The referee is the only person who cannot do this, so I want to introduce more modern technology like the video referee.”

Van Praag wants to increase participation at the world cup from 32 teams to 40.

“40 countries, 40 with a guaranteed place in the tournament for the organising country or organising countries and a guarantee that the reigning world champion can defend their title; this is new. And an extra place for one more country per federation,” he said at Dutch soccer association headquarters in Zeist.

Van Praag proposed a huge increase in funding for national associations.

“At present, too much money is dissapearing in the periphery. This is why I will increase the funding of football associations fourfold. Each football association will see its funding go up from 250,000 (U.S.) dollars to a million per year.”

The Dutchman also promised full disclosure of Michael Garcia’s report into the the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups; regional FIFA embassies to assist development; international academies for trainers and referees; and greater emphasis on human rights.

The FIFA presidential election will be held in May.

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