The UEFA Executive Committee today completed its two-day meeting and issued the following statement with regards to FIFA: "The Executive Committee takes good note of the will of FIFA to take concrete and efficient measures with regards to good governance, expects to see results within the next three months and is following the situation closely."
The Executive Committee also welcomed three new members; Sergey Fursenko, Peter Gilliéron, and Borislav Mihaylov, as well as the new European member of the FIFA Executive Committee, Jim Boyce. Karen Espelund, the chair of the UEFA Women's Football Committee, was made a member by invitation to the UEFA Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee then approved the proposed list of appointments to the UEFA committees for the period 2011-2013 and the organs for the administration for justice from 2011-2015. The full lists of all members will be published on UEFA.com once the new committees are effective as of 1 July 2011. In addition, the 2011 edition of the Disciplinary Regulations were approved.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said after the meeting that the main amendments to the 2011 Disciplinary Regulations, among other things, concern provisions on match-fixing. "We are strengthening our rules with regard to the whole cancer of match-fixing, manipulation and corruption," he said, "by foreseeing measures giving the possibility to the disciplinary bodies and inspectors to cooperate much more closely with the public authorities. We are cooperat ing already, but we did not have the legal base – we will now have it much more clearly."
For UEFA EURO 2012 the Executive Committee approved the date and location for the play-off draw that will take place on Thursday 13 October in Krakow, Poland; the exact timing and location will be announced in due course. The procedure for the final draw was also approved, according to the competition regulations, and will take place on Friday 2 December at 19.00 local time (18.00CET) at the National Palace of Arts 'Ukraine' in Kyiv.
"I was myself in Poland and Ukraine last week," Mr Infantino said with regard to preparations for the final round, "and there is light at the end of the tunnel – we see that [work] is progressing. There is still a lot to do, but we are very positive. Everything will be ready well in time, and you can see the change in enthusiasm in the two countries – everyone is getting very much into it now that we are approaching the EURO. "
With regards to the financial distribution to the participating teams at the UEFA EURO 2012 final tournament the fixed participation contribution per team will amount to €8m. Further, a performance bonus at the group stage of €0.5m per draw and €1m per win was fixed, as well as a bonus of €1m to the third-placed team in the group. The quarter-finalists will each receive €2m, the semi-finalists €3m, the runners-up €4.5m and the winners of UEFA EURO 2012 €7.5m. Thus the total amount available for distribution is €196m (up from €184m for UEFA EURO 2008).
The dates for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel were revised from 15-29 June to 5-18 June, in order to avoid a clash with the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, now confirmed as taking place from 15-30 June of that year.
The Executive Committee approved a proposal to reward international players who had reached 100 or more caps for their national team with a special mark of recognition – a commemorative cap and medal to be presented to those players who have reached this milestone in their own national stadium.
The UEFA Executive Committee's next meeting will be on 22-23 September in Limassol, Cyprus.
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