Soccer-FIFA give little away after secretive sponsors' meeting
By Brian Homewood
ZURICH Aug 20 (Reuters) - FIFA discussed reforms with some of its leading commercial partners on Thursday during a secretive meeting at the headquarters of world soccer's scandal-plagued governing body.
FIFA told its partners it was committed to reform and transparency but would not comment further on the meeting which it described as "internal."
"During the meeting, FIFA reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, reform, and collaboration with its valued partners," said a statement. "No further comment will be made on the internal discussions between the parties."
FIFA said that AB InBev, Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Visa were present.
A security guard was placed on the entrance to FIFA's headquarters, situated at the edge of an affluent hillside suburb, to prevent anyone from entering the grounds without an appointment.
On most days, visitors can walk straight into the building and go to reception.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said last month that the sponsors had written asking for information about what was being done to clean up governance of the sport and offering to meet soccer's ruling body.
Valcke's announcement came after Coca-Cola and Visa publicly urged FIFA to support the creation of an independent body to reform the way it is run. Continuación...