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Burton Haimes Named to FIFA Ethics Committee

CHICAGO (January 16, 2004) – Burton Haimes, a long-time member of U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors, has been named to the FIFA Ethics and Fair Play Committee by FIFA’s Sepp Blatter, the president of the sports national governing body based in Zurich, Switzerland. The appointment was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee at a recent meeting in December. Designed to foster discussion on Ethics and Fair Play in the sport of soccer around the world, the FIFA Ethics and Fair Play Committee meets regularly every year.

“This is certainly a great honor,” said Haimes, who becomes the sixth American to serve on a FIFA committee. “We have made great strides in the sport in this country and there is no doubt that soccer in America is widely respected through the sport for the type of ethics and Fair Play that FIFA hold so high. Hopefully the appointment of an American to this committee reflects that. Whether it is the players on the field or the coaches or the referees, clearly the FIFA Fair Play ideals are important to uphold for our sport and those are the types of things we will be charged with looking at and recognizing around the world.”

Haimes currently serves as a Youth Council Commissioner on U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors and is also the National Associations Representative on the Executive Committee. Elected on Aug. 22, 1998 to the executive committee, the 60-year-old Haimes originally rose to prominence in American soccer circles as the Chairman of the American Youth Soccer Association, a post he has held for the past 15 years.

As a longtime member of the BOD, Haimes has served U.S. Soccer for more than 15 consecutive years since first being elected in 1988. Through the years, Haimes has participated on a number of U.S. Soccer committees, including serving as Chairman of both the Women’s Professional League Development Committee and the Men’s Professional League Development Committee.

Born on May 22, 1943, the New York City native graduated Bachelor Cum Laude from Yale in 1965, and earned law degrees at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1968) and the NYU School of Law (1980).