As world football’s governing body, FIFA is firmly committed to regularly engaging with political institutions and government authorities.
Regarding the report on the reform of football governance prepared by Michael Connarty, FIFA has a clear position, as submitted in a letter to the Chairperson of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 14 January 2015.
Regarding the two areas that are a central part to the draft resolution, FIFA would like to stress the following:
1. *2018/2022 FIFA World Cup™ Bidding Process*
FIFA would like to reiterate that the publication of the report of the Ethics Committee’s investigatory chamber is not prevented by FIFA’s internal regulations. FIFA has clarified the modalities and requirements for the publication of the report upon numerous occasions. Based on external legal opinion, however, the chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, Domenico Scala, concluded that there is no legal obligation for FIFA’s Executive Committee to revoke either or both of the decisions to award the hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. More information on this legal assessment can be found here.
Based on Mr. Scala’s recommendation, the Executive Committee nonetheless decided to publish the report on the 2018/2022 inquiry in the appropriate manner, i.e. once the related cases against individuals have been concluded by the Ethics Committee.
We regret to observe that these recent developments and decisions have either been omitted or inaccurately reflected in the draft PACE resolution.
2. *Workers’ rights in Qatar*
FIFA has repeatedly expressed its stance and maintains a regular exchange with the relevant Qatari authorities on this matter. Our aim is to ensure that the health and safety of the migrant workers is addressed urgently to find a sustainable solution.
FIFA has taken a series of measures in this regard, in particular by encouraging and facilitating a dialogue between stakeholders from human rights organisations, political institutions, international organisations such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and trade unions. None of these initiatives have been mentioned in the draft resolution.
Similarly, the relevant Qatari authorities – among which the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (the governmental body responsible for all 2022 FIFA World Cup related projects) – have applied a publicly available set of procurement standards since January 2014. All contractors must adhere to these standards as part of the tendering process for projects under the responsibility of the Supreme Committee. We believe the 2022 FIFA World Cup represents a unique platform to promote positive social change in Qatar and the wider region.
In addition to the above-mentioned letter which can be accessed here, FIFA provided an update to the PACE during its hearing on 5 December 2014 in Paris. It is regrettable that the efforts we have made are not being adequately acknowledged and supported.