Sports organisations need to develop a culture of transparency,
ensure that their financial resources are managed in an irreproachable
manner and set up effective mechanisms for supervision and punishment. Council
of Europe member States should revise the legal framework applicable
to such organisations in order to encourage them to combat corruption
FIFA and UEFA, together with the IOC, are duty bound to set
an example in this effort. The Committee on Culture, Science, Education
and Media advocates the continuation of reforms within FIFA and
suggests some practical measures for improving its system of governance.
It also expresses the view that the decision to award the 2022 World
Cup to Qatar is undermined by illegality. It therefore calls for
a fresh decision by the FIFA Congress.
Given the inhuman living conditions imposed on thousands of
migrant workers employed on construction sites in Qatar, the committee
advocates co-operation amongst all the stakeholders and calls for
FIFA’s full co-operation in order to remedy this appalling situation.
Major sports events should not become a reason for violations of
human dignity. International sports organisations must ensure that
any country applying to host such an event undertakes to comply
with international standards in terms of fundamental rights.