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FIFA welcomes Council of Europe Committee Report on football governance

FIFA takes note of calls for more efforts to safeguard minors, promote women in sport and protect human rights

ZURICH, Switzerland, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / –

The report calls on member states to recognize the competence of FIFA (www.FIFA.com/) to regulate the football transfer system; The document also highlights the importance of the new regulations on agents; The report fully supports FIFA’s project to create a Safe Sport Entity to deal with cases of abuse in sport.

The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and the Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today adopted the report “Football Governance: Business and Values”, prepared by Lord George Foulkes of Cumnock UK MP, which praises the current reform of the transfer system.

The report calls on the member states of the Council of Europe to recognize the competence of FIFA to regulate the football transfer system worldwide, including the adoption of rules that seek to guarantee the protection of minors, the transparency of financial flows linked to transfers and a solid framework for accessing and exercising the profession of agent or intermediary ”.

In its draft resolution, the report states that “the Assembly attaches great importance to the reform of the transfer system – including the new regulation on agents – undertaken by FIFA in cooperation with other stakeholders, and is convinced that the main objectives underlying this reform are justified ”.

Specifically in relation to agents, the document “emphasizes the importance of ensuring the transparency of all financial flows related to international transfers and calls on FIFA and other stakeholders to agree that not only commissions, but also fees for services of the agents related to international transfers should be gradually processed through the clearing house system and that the agents and their activity should be subject to compliance evaluation procedures ”.

The report also highlights the importance of prohibiting “excesses” and limiting “agent fees by setting a maximum percentage of the gross transfer price and / or wages that these fees cannot exceed and an absolute limit on the total sums that you can pay the agents of the releasing club for a transaction ”.

In his explanatory memorandum, Lord Foulkes comments that “at the center of the transfer transactions are the agents who, working on all sides of the table but mainly for the cartel of the big clubs, divert hundreds of millions of euros, dollars or pound yours. pockets like the best clubs seek to protect their profiles by monopolizing the market of proven stars and superstars alike ”.

Since 2017, and in accordance with the FIFA president’s plan The Vision 2020-2023: Make football truly global (https://fifa.fans/3Dhrd7W), FIFA has taken important steps towards establishing a system of fairer and more transparent transfers. with the FIFA Council endorsing three reform packages (https://fifa.fans/32Kc0Qc). An overview of the main achievements in relation to the reform of the transfer system is available here (https://fifa.fans/3G78HAV).

Labor reforms, human rights and safeguarding

FIFA takes note of calls for more efforts to protect minors, promote women in sport and protect human rights.

The draft resolution commends the efforts of FIFA, which contributed to launching the labor law reform process in Qatar and the work of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the international trade union movement and non-governmental organizations that they operate in Qatar ”.

In accordance with FIFA’s current bidding processes, the report also highlights the need to enforce strict human rights requirements that all countries aspiring to host major football competitions must abide by. It also supports the establishment of an independent Safe Sports Entity to handle cases of abuse in sport, where FIFA is making steady progress. An extensive consultation process has recently concluded, with more than 230 stakeholders providing expert feedback and evidence globally with clear recommendations for action.

The PACE Plenary is expected to vote on the report at its session in late January 2022.

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