10/3/09

UEFA says “We must listen to the views and concerns of the fans”

Fans’ representatives from 14 bodies and initiatives across Europe, amongst them the nine members of the FSI Steering Committee, appointed at the inaugural European Football Fans' Congress last year in London, met with UEFA president Michel Platini, General Secretary David Taylor and other UEFA officials at UEFA’s Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday to exchange each others viewpoints and interests on a variety of topics and discuss how supporter issues were being addressed in European football and how a dialogue could be improved in future.
The progress made with the establishment of a Europe-wide football fans network, kicked off by the inaugural European Football Fans’ Congress of FSI in summer 2008, was high on the agenda as well as the report presented by Supporters Direct which shows fans across Europe wanted help and advice on how they can become involved in the running of their clubs.
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Other topics addressed were UEFA’s disciplinary rules, the preparations for EURO 2012 and key elements to UEFA’s activities in 2009, such as football finance and protection of young players.
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"We are making good progress and we want to continue to support the fans' groups to reach a position where the communication channels are properly in place so that we can have much more dialogue" said Uefa general secretary David Taylor.
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Daniela Wurbs, FSI Coordination: “The representatives of the FSI Steering Committee greatly appreciated that UEFA is reinforcing its commitment to listening to the opinions of the supporters who form - to use UEFA's words - 'the essential core of the game'. We were able to pass on fans’ viewpoints on a variety of issues as they were expressed at the 1st European Football Fans’ Congress and UEFA seems to show active interest in taking these viewpoints into account.”
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“We hope that essential steps towards a sustainable dialogue could be made and are glad to report that all other fans’ representatives present at the meeting have now also joined the process kicked-off by the 1st European Football Fans’ Congress to expand our sphere of activities and representation with the creation of a European-wide football fans’ network”

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