Poland: football and politics take a firm stance for co-operation
A working group consisting of representatives of the Polish Football Association, the Polish authorities and FIFA will be set up in order to optimise football administration in Poland while respecting the FIFA Statutes.
This is the very encouraging outcome of a meeting that took place in Zurich on 11 August between a delegation of Polish Football Association representatives (Michal Listkiewicz, president, and Andrzej Wach, Legal Department director), Polish politicians (Janusz Wojcik, chairman of the Parliamentary Sport Commission and former coach of the Polish Olympic team which won the silver medal in 1992, Jacek Falfus, deputy chairman of the same commission, and Ryszard Czarnecki, European Parliament member) and a FIFA delegation including FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and General Secretary Urs Linsi, as well as UEFA Executive Committee member Joseph Mifsud.
This meeting was convened as tension has recently arisen in Polish football. The Polish government has drafted a law - not yet voted on by parliament - which contravenes the FIFA Statutes in a number of areas and would place the Polish FA in a difficult situation.
During last Friday's meeting, all participants showed an open and positive attitude, engaged in dialogue and strived to find a consensus. The Polish politicians reiterated their commitment to respect the FIFA Statutes, while the Polish Football Association president also recognised the need to improve the structure of Polish football and stated that changes were planned to achieve this goal.
"Whenever there is dialogue, there is no confrontation. With the willingness for cooperation expressed by all participants, I'm optimistic that efficient solutions will be found in the interests of Polish football and society," concluded the FIFA President.