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.