Strasbourg, 02.03.2012 –
The adoption of a report on good governance and ethics in sport, including a number of recommendations concerning recent events at football’s governing body FIFA, will be the highlight of a meeting of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris on Tuesday 6 March 2012.
Thomas Hildbrand, the Swiss prosecutor from the Canton of Zug who dealt with the collapse of sports promoter ISL – a case which gave rise to allegations of kickbacks to FIFA officials in return for television rights – will also hold an exchange of views with the committee in closed session.
The report, by François Rochebloine (France, EPP/CD), is based in part on a public hearing in December attended by sports administrators from Olympic, international and national sports bodies, as well as the evidence given by a journalist who has investigated alleged corruption within FIFA.
A second report on the need to combat match-fixing, by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE), is due to be approved on the same day. Participants at an earlier public hearing were told that match-fixing has reached alarming levels, especially through the rise of Internet betting. The International Olympic Committee and sports federations declared their readiness to co-operate with the Council of Europe in this field.
- Motion for a resolution: more transparency and accountability at FIFA
- Motion for a resolution: good governance and sport ethics
- Motion for a recommendation: the need to combat “match-fixing”
- Full draft agenda of the meeting (PDF)
The committee meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Paris office of the Council of Europe (55 avenue Kléber, Paris 16ème, Métro: Boissière), is not open to the press. However, interviews with the rapporteurs or other participants may be arranged on the sidelines of the meeting.
Contact: Angus Macdonald, PACE Communication Division, mobile +33 (0)6 30 49 68 20