FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke led a FIFA delegation which received Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary on 5 April 2011 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. Hungary currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
During the meeting, topics such as the fight against match-fixing plus irregular and illegal betting in football were discussed, along with the need to protect national teams and other matters surrounding football governance.
"I am pleased with the very constructive discussions with Prime Minister Orban," said the FIFA President. "We have a common point of view on the world of sport, specifically on football and its values such as respect, discipline and fair-play. And above all, we share views on its socio-cultural role."
We have a common point of view on the world of sport, specifically on football and its values such as respect, discipline and fair-play.
The Hungarian Prime Minister is a keen footballer himself and still plays for FC Felcsut. Mr. Orban also founded the Ferenc Puskas Foundation for young footballers.
"I was at FIFA today to discuss a number of areas where FIFA and EU can cooperate to make sure the specificity of sport is respected in Europe. I’m very keen to promote FIFA’s perspective among the European Union”, said Prime Minister Orban.