The Telegraph Sport can reveal that Football Supporters Europe (FSE), which has affiliations with fans groups in 38 countries, turned down an invitation to join Fifa’s Independent Governance Committee because of doubts over its credibility.
They were only invited to join the committee last week, suggesting that Fifa is either struggling to fill it with credible figures, or that the decision to try and involve a supporters’ group was taken very late in the process.
Daniela Wurbs, the chief executive of FSE, said they could not accept the invitation because of concerns over Fifa’s credibility.
“We do not feel that the structure of what is proposed is truly independent
, and we had serious concerns at the lack of information that was provided to us about who else would be involved.
“The timeframe is very short, with just three one-day meetings in the next six months to try and frame reform. We do not feel this is sufficient for Fifa to deal with all the allegations it faces and to look at all the questionable action in the past.