U.N. sports adviser says FIFA head should be non-European

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  • Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015

The empty seat of FIFA President Sepp Blatter is pictured before a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's sports adviser said on Wednesday he felt the successor of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, stepping down amid a graft scandal at world football's governing body, should come from outside Europe, and a woman "would be a fantastic thing".

FIFA announced on Monday it would form a task force to propose reforms aimed at cleaning itself up, a move critics said was an inadequate response to the worst crisis in its 111-year history. The organisation will appoint a new head in February to replace Blatter who denies any involvement in corruption.

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