MIL-OSI Europe: Written question – Football as European cultural heritage and the need for a sportive and financial level playing field – E-002947/2021

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Source: European Parliament

COVID-19 has brought fundamental change to football clubs in the European Union. Amateur players have not able to train, and professional clubs, which are often owned by investors, are facing huge challenges. Although FIFA and UEFA have introduced some provisions on financial fair play into their regulations, money still drives football. Clubs in particular are bearing the risks, while agents that help players to find new clubs earn a lot of money. We have to show more support for fans, club emotion and identity. We want to save European club-level football as it is part of European cultural heritage.

1. Will the Commission evaluate the need to introduce a real system of financial fair play, including a transfer cap and a salary cap?

2. Can it assess the detrimental effects that agents of professional football players have on clubs? Is there an imbalance between the risks for the clubs and the profits for the stars?

3. Has it thoroughly checked if UEFA is breaching EU internal market rules in the sense that clubs benefit from tax exemptions because they are involved in sports, even though professional football is an economic activity?

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