Champagne got backed up for his candidacy by Brazilian World Class player Pelé. The Frenchman helped run Blatter’s 2002 election campaign. Champagne wants to reform Fifa and bring more democracy in the world football organisation. There are also a few things he wants to modernise refereeing.
What do you think of the following suggestions:
- introducing sin-bins by way of an orange card. He mentioned the example of a player who had already been booked then receiving a second yellow card from the referee for taking off his shirt to celebrate a goal.
- the use of technology for offsides and penalty decisions. And not just the hawk-eye system that is now tested by several football associations.
- the implementation of rugby’s rule permitting only the captain to approach the referee and free-kicks advanced 10 yards for any dissent.
- No longer a so-called ‘triple punishment’ for last-man fouls in the penalty box. That means that players couldn’t get a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity plus a penalty kick against his team.
View the interview with Champagne below.