The congress also ratified a number of amendments to the FIFA Statutes. As such, FIFA is now entitled to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against any doping decisions passed by its member associations or by the confederations (202 votes, 1 against). This right of appeal will be an important step in the fight against doping and it brings FIFA into line with the World Anti-Doping Code. With 198 votes for and only three against, the congress also strengthened FIFA’s position by approving an amendment to article 62 of the statutes. As a result, the associations are now obliged to insert a clause in their statutes or regulations, stipulating that disputes affecting the football family may not be taken to ordinary courts of law.
In addition, article 13 of the FIFA Statutes now requires each association to create an independent Referees Committee that is directly subordinate to the association (204 votes for, 1 against). Finally with 198 votes for and only five against, the congress also approved a proposal that in future, FIFA may as a general rule only bestow the title of Honorary Vice-President or Honorary Member on former members of the FIFA Executive Committee.