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FIFA asks to become NGO

National News // By Tay Kinnear // June 13, 2019

The world football body FIFA is asking the Swiss government to upgrade its status to a non-governmental body. 

Pixabay FIFA asks to become NGO

Currently it’s listed as a non-profit organization.

FIFA says its request to be recognized as an NGO is not for tax reasons – but for recruitment.

It says it has trouble recruiting as it has to use part of the 8,500 work permits available for non-EU staff available every year. NGOs are exempt.

But there could be some resistance to allowing the scandal-hit body to be on the same level as the Red Cross or the UN.

But the head, Gianni Infantino, says FIFA has cleaned up its act and has a zero tolerance for corruption.

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