Last night took place in the plenary session of the European Parliament the debate on the sports policy report in the European Union and today the report will be voted on, which will surely be approved with a strong message against the European Super League.
The report of the European Parliament calls for “a European model of sport that recognizes the need for a strong commitment to the integration of the principles of solidarity, sustainability, inclusion, open competition, sporting merit and equity”, And consequently strongly opposes“ splinter competitions that undermine these principles and endanger the stability of the sport ecosystem in general ”, while stressing that“ all sport stakeholders and national authorities should promote these principles ”
In this way, the Plenary of the European Parliament supports what has already been approved by its Committee on Culture and Sport. And own European Comission, who participated in the debate yesterday, launched a very strong message against the Super League.
Tomasz Frankowski, Polish MEP and Vice President of the Sports Group; the European Commissioner, Margaritis Schinas; and several MEPs who have worked on the report.
Both the MEP Frankowski, the Austrian MEP Heide and the German MEP Kammerevert, together with Commissioner Schinas highlighted the importance of the European model of sport and have opposed the European Super League. They called for the European institutions and national governments to continue to oppose such initiatives.
Frankowski also emphasized the importance of the players’ health when setting the schedule, in particular with regard to international tournaments which must also be respected by national leagues. Commissioner Schinas closed his speech by highlighting the existing asymmetry between the limits of the competence of the European Commission in matters of sport and the expectations that citizens have. He recalled that until recently there was a similar situation in terms of health policy and the European Union has corrected it to have more powers.
The commissioner’s intention would be to propose something similar in the future regarding sports policy, that is, that the Commission had more powers in this area. At present, its powers are limited to coordinating initiatives between Member States except when there is an internal market element.