PACE committee to take a stand on good governance and ethics in sport – including at FIFA – and combating match-fixing

Strasbourg, 02.03.2012 – The adoption of a report on good governance and ethics in sport, including a number of recommendations concerning recent events at football’s governing body FIFA, will be the highlight of a meeting of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris on Tuesday 6 March 2012.

Thomas Hildbrand, the Swiss prosecutor from the Canton of Zug who dealt with the collapse of sports promoter ISL – a case which gave rise to allegations of kickbacks to FIFA officials in return for television rights – will also hold an exchange of views with the committee in closed session.

The report, by François Rochebloine (France, EPP/CD), is based in part on a public hearing in December attended by sports administrators from Olympic, international and national sports bodies, as well as the evidence given by a journalist who has investigated alleged corruption within FIFA.

A second report on the need to combat match-fixing, by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE), is due to be approved on the same day. Participants at an earlier public hearing were told that match-fixing has reached alarming levels, especially through the rise of Internet betting. The International Olympic Committee and sports federations declared their readiness to co-operate with the Council of Europe in this field.


The committee meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Paris office of the Council of Europe (55 avenue Kléber, Paris 16ème, Métro: Boissière), is not open to the press. However, interviews with the rapporteurs or other participants may be arranged on the sidelines of the meeting.

Angus Macdonald, PACE Communication Division, mobile +33 (0)6 30 49 68 20