Thursday, December 07, 2006

Autonomy of sport, Jack Warner and the 2014 World Cup

FIFA made a number of significant decisions at its year-end Executive Committee meeting, which took place in Zurich, 5-6 December.

Autonomy of sport
In a press release entitled ‘Clear declaration to defend the autonomy of sport’, FIFA ‘reaffirmed the resolution passed by the International Olympic Committee, the national Olympic committees and the international sports federations on 21-22 September 2006. The Executive Committee also directed President Blatter and vice-president Lennart Johansson, who is also the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), to continue to work together on the challenges that are currently facing the game, particularly in Europe’.
As reported by World Sports Law Report in October, the IOC and sporting federations wrote to European Commissioner, Ján Figel, who is consulting on a white paper on sports governance due to be published next summer, to state that sport should be free to govern its own affairs.

Jack Warner
FIFA also answered allegations that FIFA Vice President Jack Warner and the Simpaul Travel Company had sold tickets at many times above face value. ‘The FIFA Executive Committee followed the recommendation of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee chaired by Marcel Mathier (Switzerland) and closed the file’, read the press release. ‘The Executive Committee expresses disapproval of vice-president Jack A. Warner’s conduct and reminds him to exercise the requisite level of care in ticketing matters in the future and to strictly abide by all directives. Jack A. Warner should, in particular, ensure that his son, Daryan Warner, does not abuse the position held by his father.’

2014 World Cup
The FIFA Executive Committee also opened the official bidding for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in South America.
Andy Brown

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