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PACE report says No to ESL, No to World Cup two years and asks the game to put human rights first

December 6 – With FIFA’s December 20 global summit to discuss its proposed biennial World Cup drawing closer today, another European parliamentary body issued a football governance report rejecting the plan as well as putting it firmly against the proposal to extend the European Super League.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will vote in January on a report prepared by Lord George Foulkes (UK) for the Council’s Culture Committee.

In a report telling football that human rights – rather than the game’s top level of seemingly insatiable greed – should be at the heart of its aims, it said that the plan to organize the World FIFA’s biennial Cup could have “dire consequences for world football. ”

The report urges FIFA not to proceed without the agreement of European stakeholders and the IOC.

On matters surrounding the European Super League, the report is similarly outspoken. While acknowledging that financial disparities between clubs and federations are inevitable, it says they are “concerned about the polarization of football and its growing disparity, as well as some financial overstatement,” and said more unity was needed in the game.

It believes that the principle of open competitions must be preserved, believes that UEFA should remain responsible for organizing European club competitions, and firmly opposes the European project. Super League.”

In a series of recommendations to soccer’s governing bodies, the report said football needs to:

* achieve transparency, fairness and solidarity in football finance, including the reform of the transfer market;

* ensure that organizers of major events comply with strict human, social and environmental rights obligations;

* protect players, especially young players, from abuse or exploitation;

* Promote gender equality and end discrimination in sport.

The report also calls for more money and resources to create a safer environment for children and young people to play football, and to tackle sexual abuse. The recommendation is to create a ‘Safe Sports’ body that will be a multi-sport, inter-organizational and intergovernmental body and will deal with abuse cases in sport.

The MPs said: “Business should not take precedence over values, and recommend that countries meet basic human rights requirements before they can host major events such as the World Cup. and any country where women face “clear discrimination in their access to sport” should be disqualified.

The report also recommends that national associations promote equal pay and bonuses for national team players of any gender.

It’s not all bad news for FIFA. The report acknowledges that “FIFA should have the power to regulate the global transfer system, as well as agents and intermediaries, and should find a balanced agreement to limit agency transfer fees”.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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