The reform package is the work of a panel led by Francois Carrard, who won praise for overhauling a graft-ridden International Olympic Committee more than a decade ago and is now tasked with a similar job at FIFA, mired in an unprecedented scandal.

At the two-day meeting at FIFA's Zurich headquarters, Carrard's proposals will be presented to the body's top brass - minus its suspended president and vice president, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the highest-profile casualties of the chaos within the organisation.

FIFA's executive committee can demand changes to the reform plan, but if approved the package will be sent for adoption at a meeting of FIFA's 209-member associations on February 26, when Blatter's replacement will also be chosen.

A FIFA official, who requested anonymity, said that if the reforms are approved quickly this week, 'it means their content is inadequate and won't change much'.

The source's comments point to the main obstacle facing the reform effort: it must be approved by individuals who may be accustomed to FIFA's well-documented rotten ways.

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