ESL Landfill: EU sport ministers back European Sport Model resolution

December 1 – EU sport ministers have stepped up to block the European Super League’s plans from being reinstated after they adopted the EU Council Resolution on the European Model of Sport, effective from refuse closed competitions.

Ministers unanimously adopted the model with a resolution calling for the strengthening of values-based organized sport in Europe and protecting it from threats such as closed competitions.

A Council statement said: “This resolution comes against the backdrop of the growing commercialization of professional sport, which is making sport increasingly profit-driven. “While this contributes to the financing of a larger number of athletes, it is not without risk to the values ​​of sport.

“The resolution holds that sport must be based on values ​​such as good governance, safety, integrity, solidarity and the health and safety of athletes.”

The council said the key features of the European sport model should include a pyramidal structure, one federation for each sport, solidarity with the lower levels in addition to promoting open competition.

European governing body UEFA welcomes the resolution dealing a blow to the future recovery of the European Super League project. In the spring, a group of elite clubs assembled to launch a continent-wide closed-door competition, but they had to abandon that plan after widespread protests.

UEFA said that the resolution “provides full support and is consistent with UEFA’s model of governance.”

The union added: “The 27 member states recognize the central role of federations in overseeing the organization and performance of their respective sport.”

Last week, the European MEP overwhelmingly backed an EU sports policy report calling for the protection of the European model of sport.

Poland’s centre-right MEP and former professional footballer Tomasz Frankowski argues that its adoption is a pivotal moment for the future of sport in Europe. “Cooperation at all levels is essential to strengthen and promote in Europe a model of sport open to all, based on values, solidarity, fairness and competition,” said Frankowski. open picture. “We have to protect it from the closed competitions of elite clubs.”

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