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Football: better representation of all stakeholders in the decision-making process

Strasbourg, 09.09.2013 – PACE’s Ad hoc Sub-Committee on the Reform of International Football today welcomed the introduction of “financial fair play” by UEFA. However, it did insist on the need for proper implementation. “Clubs must be made aware that they will be punished if they break the rules, otherwise the desired deflationary effect will not be achieved”, said the Chair of the Sub-Committee Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE), at the end of meetings in Geneva with UEFA President Michel Platini and ECA President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

She also called for more thorough supervision of compliance with the rules concerning transfers of minors, particularly from Africa.

As to the awarding of major sports events, she pointed out that, as UEFA could not itself ensure that there was good governance and the rule of law would be properly applied in candidate countries, increased co-operation with the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly could help to prevent the risk of corruption, conflicts of interest or excessive expenditure on oversized infrastructure.

She also argued in favour of better representation of all stakeholders, particularly football clubs, in the decision-making process.

Lastly, there was a unanimous call from the participants for the Council of Europe Convention on Match-fixing to be finalised.

The Sub-Committee was represented by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE), Michael Connarty (United Kingdom, SOC), Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (Germany, SOC), Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC) and Maximilian Reimann (Switzerland, ALDE).