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Supporters Direct Europe To Launch Position Paper At European Parliament

Wed 31st Oct 2012 | Football Governance

Supporters Direct Europe (SD Europe) is launching its first position paper, ‘The Heart of the Game: Why Supporters are Vital to Improving Governance in Football’, at an event hosted by Ivo Belet MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 7th 2012.

SD Europe has produced this paper in order to set out their key policy positions, and provide evidence to public institutions and governing bodies of how supporter involvement and ownership can help European football. 

The paper is available in English, French and German, and covers a range of issues, including:

  • Improving Governance in European Football;
  • Improving the Financial Sustainability of European Football;
  • Improving the Social Function of Sport in Europe;
  • Improving Transfer Operations;
  • Improving the fight against Match Fixing;
  • Reducing discrimination and violence. 

Recommendations to public authorities and governing bodies include: a revival of the members’ association model of club ownership, expansion of existing national networks of organised supporters’ groups, and the implementation of club licensing and financial fair play rules in all European leagues.

Football’s key stakeholders will be present at the meeting, including UEFA, national associations and leagues, and Members of the European Parliament, Council and Commission. 

The event will also include a panel discussion, moderated by Raphael Honigstein (Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Guardian), and featuring contributions from David Lampitt (Chief Executive, Supporters Direct); William Gaillard (Senior Adviser to the President, UEFA), Emanuel Medeiros (Chief Executive Officer, European Professional Football Leagues); and Christian Müller (Chief Executive Officer, SG Dynamo Dresden).

The panel will discuss how European football’s governance and financial sustainability can be improved, as well as the need for increased supporter involvement at all levels of the game.

Representatives from the growing European network of organised supporters’ groups working towards greater levels of involvement in the decision-making process and ownership structures of their clubs will be present at the event.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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