Press release - DC081(2011)

Match-fixing: exchange of views with Platini (UEFA) and Minister Samardžić-Marković (Serbia) at the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 27.09.2011 – In the framework of the activities of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe will have an exchange of views on Wednesday, September 28th with Michel Platini (UEFA President) and Snežana Samardžić-Marković (Minister of Youth and Sport of Serbia), with  the participation of Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio. Chantal Jouanno, as outgoing Minister of Sport of France, will address a written statement to the Ministers’ Deputies.

The Committee of Ministers will proceed to the adoption of a recommendation to member states on the promotion of the integrity of sport against manipulation of results, notably match-fixing.


The Council of Europe has played a pioneer role throughout the years in developing human rights and building a democratic culture through sport. An intergovernmental pan-European partnership has provided a series of conventions and charters with standard-setting, monitoring and technical assistance, as well as co-ordinated positions with other international organisations (UNESCO or WADA), and sport movement bodies (FIFA or UEFA).

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) was established in 2007 to address the current challenges facing sport in Europe. EPAS serves as a platform between the public authorities of 34 member states, fostering dialogue among ministries, sports federations and NGOs, ensuring conformity to ethical and positive values.

Match-fixing is a “new challenge” to sport ethics, as stated at the Council of Europe Ministerial Conference in Athens in 2008. Moreover, match-fixing is perceived as a threat to the democratic governance of sport, to the rule of law and public order.

The exchange of views in the Committee of Ministers will be Platini's first major meeting with European public authorities since his re-election as President of UEFA. The implementation of procedures for the fight against spectator violence is also a matter of concern.

The European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular at Football Matches (CETS n° 120) has been prepared in the aftermath of the Heysel tragedy in Brussels (May 1985), aiming at tackling hooliganism in Europe. It commits 41 States parties to take practical measures to prevent and control violence, as well as ensure safety of spectators at sports events. The Convention sets out methods for identifying and prosecuting offenders, relying on police co-operation and information exchange.

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