FIFA and UEFA advise Greek FA to give player union a big role in governance

25 November 2020
by Greece
A study by FIFA and UEFA stated that player union PSAP is a key component of Greek football and should be “substantially involved” in crucial institutional governing bodies.
In February, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and former FIFA Vice President Greg Clark agreed to do a comprehensive study on the improvement and upgrade of Greek professional football. The study included tailor made proposals based on international best practices concerning the organisation of governing bodies, the integrity of the game, and an effective response to violence, discrimination and abuse.

The government, UEFA and FIFA took this step to clean up Greek football from threats such as corruption, match-fixing and violence.

The study among others said that player union PSAP is a key component of Greek professional football. FIFA and UEFA noticed the independent role of the union and strongly recommended the Greek football association, HFF, to substantially involve PSAP in crucial institutional bodies such as the Professional Football Committee and the Executive Committee.

Moreover, the PSAP and FIFPRO Division Europe should be involved in the fight against match-fixing.

“This study was just what our football needed”, said PSAP President George Bandis. “We are very pleased that FIFA and UEFA confirmed and highlighted the importance of PSAP for Greece’s national football. We are looking forward to our football association implementing the study’s recommendations and we are here to support the reform of our game.”