Lowy’s attempt to solve FFA-FIFA stand-off

Steven Lowy.

STEVEN Lowy has met with FIFA ahead of the world governing body’s intervention to sort out the stand-off over Australian football’s governance.

The Football Federation Australia chairman, who has been in Europe on business, jetted into Zurich the week before last and had talks with FIFA officials.

AAP understands Lowy met with chief member associations officer Joyce Cook, soon after FIFA’s member associations committee rejected FFA’s proposed expanded congress model as unrepresentative.

The committee also threatened to disband the FFA board and establish a normalisation committee if a sufficiently democratic membership was not in place by the end of November, with the help of a joint FIFA/AFC delegation set to arrive in Australia next month seeking to broker a compromise.

While the exact nature of Lowy’s talks with FIFA is unclear, it’s understood Australian stakeholders were not informed.

FFA confirmed Lowy had been at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

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