FIFA and UEFA discuss matters of mutual concern
On 15 February 2007, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, accompanied by a delegation from each governing body, met in Zurich to discuss a number of urgent matters.
The meeting focused on problems regarding players’ agents, insurance for clubs and the players whom they release for international duty and the coordinated international match calendar. With regard to the latter, it was noted that, in December 2007, a fixture in the UEFA Champions League would clash with one in the FIFA Club World Club. The two governing bodies therefore began to examine two possible solutions to this problem. At the same time, the two bodies agreed to create a committee, composed of representatives of all of football’s stakeholders (confederations, associations, leagues, clubs and players’ representatives), in order to harmonize the coordinated international match calendar at world level up to 2014.
Joseph S. Blatter and Michel Platini both recognized the importance of the meeting. “This meeting came at a vital moment, not only for European football, but also for world football. FIFA cannot implement its sports policies without direct cooperation and collaboration with UEFA. We may not always have the same ideas, but we will have the same approach, “ stressed Blatter.
Michel Platini, meanwhile, underlined the “unity of vision” shared by FIFA and UEFA, who “need to work together to promote the true values of football and develop our sport together. We may not always agree on everything, but we will agree on the goals.”
Other points on the agenda included the situation with the European Union, the relationship between FIFA and UEFA, relationships with other confederations and UEFA’s representation on FIFA committees. On the latter point, the FIFA President confirmed that he would propose to the FIFA Congress in Zurich on 30 – 31 May that the Task Force “For the Good of the Game” be turned into a standing committee in order to allow the task force to work even more efficiently on issues relating to competitions, financial matters and general political as well as sports-political matters.
The two presidents were joined at the meeting by Urs Linsi (FIFA General Secretary), Gianni Infantino (UEFA interim CEO), Jerome Champagne (Delegate of the FIFA President for Special Affairs), William Gaillard (senior advisor to the UEFA President), Markus Kattner (Director, FIFA Finance & Controlling Division), Giorgio Marchetti (UEFA Director of Professional Football) and various other members of the FIFA administration.