PACE calls for an independent outside body to assess football governance

Parliamentary Assembly Session Strasbourg 24 January 2018
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The Parliamentary Assembly has called on the EU to consider setting up an independent “observatory” to assess governance in football, following a series of scandals in the sport.

Such a body would be entrusted with assessing governance at FIFA, UEFA and other football governing bodies, including aspects such as the integrity of elections to their governing structures.

“The observatory would not have the power to govern the sport, but to ensure that the principles of good governance are being effectively implemented and shared,” the parliamentarians said in a resolution approved today, based on a report by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE). “Too little money harms football, too much is killing it. We need to prevent football from self-destructing.”

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