via FIFA.com but we bolded the important parts
Chaired by FIFA President Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee today completed a two-day meeting, the third of the year, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The meeting started with a tribute to former FIFA Senior Vice-President Julio Humberto Grondona, who passed away on 30 July.
* Third party ownership
In order to protect the integrity of the game and the players, the Executive Committee took the decision of general principle that third-party ownership of players’ economic rights (TPO) shall be banned with a transitional period. The matter is now back in the hands of the TPO working group, under the chairmanship of Geoff Thompson, for the relevant technical regulations to be drafted. The draft will be submitted to the Players’ Status Committee and then to the Executive Committee for approval.
We’re pretty sure that if you are here you understand what TPO is, but just in case, its owning a player’s economic rights by third-party sources, like agents, sports-management agencies, or “investors” who buy shares in the economic rights of a young player- usually to in effect cover the costs of their training and housing and making sure that they make it to the professional in some way some where and in return they get a percentage of that player’s future transfer fee(s).
* Whats up with the 2018 and 2022 WC’s?
Regarding the current proceedings of the independent Ethics Committee in relation to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the executive welcomed the recent information from the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert, confirming that a first public statement of the committee’s position with regard to the report of the investigatory chamber is likely to be made at the beginning of November. The executive also demanded that the principle of confidentiality be respected, in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Ethics.
- Sooooo, we won’t be getting any new information here.
* Are we paying attention to concussions and PEDs in our game too?
FIFA’s mission includes the protection of players’ health. In this regard, the executive approved the new protocol proposed by the FIFA Medical Committee for the management of concussion. It also noted with great satisfaction the major reduction in the occurrence of injuries at the FIFA World Cup™ (40 per cent fewer incidents than in 2002) as well as the absence of any positive doping cases at FIFA’s flagship event, where, for the first time at a World Cup, all participating players underwent out-of-competition anti-doping tests in addition to routine in-competition tests. Furthermore, since the new WADA code will be implemented on 1 January 2015 and FIFA, as a signatory of this code, has an obligation to implement the mandatory changes, the executive approved the revised FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, which include, amongst others, the sanction of a four-year (instead of two-year) ban for cheating with serious doping substances (such as steroids) and calculated doping methods (such as blood doping).
- Those are actually pretty impressive and great numbers. At least they are making their best efforts to clean up the game on the pitch. There will always be problems but they appear to be working toward a satisfactory place. Really glad that their is more focus on this concussion thing, we need to get that figured out.
FIFA did a lot more at this meeting, more after the jump……