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Samoa attends FIFA Congress.

Representing Samoa at this two-day meeting was Football Federation Samoa (FFS) President Savae Togia Toetu Petana, Vice President Reverend Laupama Solomona and FFS Executive Member Palota Asiata.
One of the major issues discussed at the congress was the 2010 FIFA Financial Report, which Petana explained; “There were a lot of issues discussed but the major one was the FIFA financial report. It showed that the financial situation is very solid. As of 31 December 2010 FIFA has reserves of more than almost 300 million US dollars”.
Petana also added “Another interesting issue discussed at the congress was the suspension of Bin Hammam and Jack Warner from the FIFA executive committee. This position came from the FIFA ethics committee who presented the evidence at the congress”.
FIFA’s ‘Football for Hope’ program was also discussed at the Congress with Secretary General Jerome Valcke explaining its importance. This program focuses on corporate and social responsibility of football world’s governing body. Other topics of discussion included Football for Health programs and the 11 + program which focuses on proper warm up techniques for Football players.
Prior to the conclusion of the FIFA Congress, members voted to re-elect current FIFA president Joseph S Blatter by a margin of 186 to 203 for another four-year term. Blatter had been unopposed in the election after Mohammed bin Hammam withdrew just days before the vote. Blatter has served as President of FIFA since June 1998.
Petana was also very pleased with the re-election of Blatter; “All Member associations will benefit from Blatter’s reelection. Blatter’s track record of service to Football and its member associations worldwide speaks for itself. OFC and FFS are 100% supportive of the re-election of Blatter”.
The next FIFA Congress will take place in Budapest, Hungary on May 24 and 25, 2012.
The day before the FIFA Congress the Samoan delegation took part in the Oceania Football Confederation congress. FFS President Petana is also a member of the OFC executive. The congress showed the Oceania’s football-governing body is in a healthy position. Also a number of minor amendments to the statutes were discussed.