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Defending values ​​and human rights in football governance

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Defending values ​​and human rights in football governance

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Lord George Foulkes de Cumnock (UK, SOC), PACE rapporteur (https://PACE.coe.int) on “Football governance: companies and values” , spoke on April 8 by videoconference on a number of key issues for sport and for society.

“We had a very constructive discussion with the timeliness of Lord Foulkes’ next report, and I was very happy to see that FIFA and the Council of Europe can continue to work hand in hand, with goals common, common challenges and a number of shared priorities. , in particular with regard to the fight against corruption, the promotion of good governance and the protection of human rights ”, declared the FIFA president. “It is clear that football can play its role in solving societal problems and be a force to bring about positive social change. Our two organizations have been working together since we signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2018, and we both agreed that this collaboration should be strengthened as part of a renewed cooperation plan for the years to come.

“FIFA has come a long way in recent years, with deep-rooted reforms,” said Lord Foulkes. “I appreciate the commitment and concrete action of FIFA to strengthen the human rights dimension of football governance, the emphasis on child protection and in particular the initiative to create a safe sports center. There are still challenges ahead, of which FIFA is aware, for example in terms of gender equality in football. I trust FIFA – and its President – in their commitment to continue to work for stronger governance and greater solidarity in the world of football. It is a credible organization and a reliable partner with whom we can work together to address some of the key issues facing our company.

The talks focused in particular on the ongoing reform of the transfer system initiated by FIFA, for which Lord Foulkes expressed his support, in particular on the principle and the rationale for the new regulation of football agents currently being drawn up, in the goal of bringing more transparency and accountability. and a more equitable distribution of money within the football pyramid.

Discussions also focused on measures implemented to improve workers’ rights in Qatar in the context of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, recognition of major reforms already underway and support for FIFA’s commitment. to continue to work to further improve working conditions beyond the FIFA World Cup venues.

The FIFA President reiterated his call for the creation of a safe international sports entity to effectively tackle the issue of abuse in sport, with Lord Foulkes offering his support for this initiative and agreeing that sport and public authorities must unite their strengths to carry out this important project. arrive as soon as possible.

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