The uncontrolled incursion of purely financial considerations is seriously jeopardising the ethics of sport and increasing the risk of abuses, or even criminal acts. Not only are doping, corruption and match-fixing growing insidiously, but other problems are also undermining the world of sport and tarnishing its image: sports competitions are becoming unfair because of too wide a discrepancy between competitors' resources; ever- younger sportspeople are treated as commodities; and good governance in sport is affected by the power stakes and by the opacity of decision-taking processes.
Council of Europe member States are called on to support the work of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and work together with the governing bodies of the sports movement to strengthen financial fair play, ensure that young sportspeople are effectively protected and improve the machinery of governance within sports institutions, taking due account of the proposed guidelines.
Every sporting discipline is concerned, but football is at the forefront. Therefore, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has a particular responsibility and is urgently requested to take the necessary steps to cast full light on the facts underlying the various scandals which, in recent years, have tarnished its image and that of international football.