Mr Giuseppe Gargani (Italy), chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, met FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the Home of FIFA in Zurich today. Mr Mario Pescante, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board and chairman of the European Affairs Commission of the Italian Parliament, Jérôme Valcke, FIFA Secretary General and Jérôme Champagne, FIFA Director of International Relations, also attended the meeting.
Sports political issues related to football were at the core of the discussions. On this occasion, Mr Gargani informed FIFA that he will announce at the next meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels on 30 April that the specificity of sport and the 6+5 rule will be central topics on the agenda of the next legislature of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.
"I'm very pleased about this meeting with Mr Blatter. I think this could be the first step to collaborate with FIFA and try to find a solution for the sport political issues related to football which arose after the Bosman ruling. As of today, the committee I chair will focus on the specificity of sport and 6+5," said Mr Gargani.
The FIFA President stated: "Today's meeting represents a very promising step for the good of football and of all other sports as well. FIFA is looking forward to this collaboration and dialogue with the European Parliament."