Too little money harms football, too much is killing it. We
need to prevent football from self-destructing. Football and sport
in general must be a vehicle for the transmission of our common
values and contribute to their protection. A radical change in the
culture of football governance at all levels is needed, so that
it is firmly based on respect for human rights and the rule of law,
internal democracy and participation, transparency and responsibility,
compliance with the highest ethical values, solidarity and concern
for the common good.
In order for football, and sport in general, to uphold these
values, the conduct of everyone involved must be beyond reproach.
Football cannot be a lawless zone; the independence of supervisory
bodies and accountability must be effectively ensured. In addition,
closer co-operation between sports organisations and international
organisations, at both global and regional levels, is required to
promote human rights in and by sport.
It is necessary to end the tendency to conceal, ignore, play
down and trivialise overindulgences. The stakeholders should collaborate
to end the financial excesses to which football strays. FIFA and
UEFA should set up a joint “working table” bringing together other
stakeholders to discuss financial fair play, player ownership, the
status of agents or intermediaries and other issues. The European
Commission and the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement
on Sport should be invited to participate in this working table
and the Parliamentary Assembly could contribute to this joint work.
The authorities of the European Union, in concertation with
the IOC, FIFA, UEFA and the Council of Europe, could examine the
feasibility and promote the establishment of an independent observatory
entrusted with assessing the governance of football.