European Leagues join in Istanbul

EPFL's General Assembly Instanbul

General Assembly pushes for reforms in critical areas of the game and
supports Turkish Clubs in their efforts to set up their own Premier League

All roads led to Istanbul for the EPFL’s last General Assembly of the 2011/12 football season, on the 6th of July. Co-hosted by the Turkish Super League Clubs’Union, the meeting of the European Leagues’ supreme body gathered senior representatives from all EPFL Members, as well as from FIFA and UEFA, headed by UEFA’s senior Vice-President and Honorary President of the Turkish FA Mr Senes Erzik.

The EPFL was welcomed by the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Sports Minister, Mr Suat Kilic, who in their messages to the General Assembly praised the decision to bring such an important event to Istanbul.

The EPFL General Assembly addressed a number of critical and pressing matters, such as good governance in sport, sports betting integrity and legislative reforms, third party ownership, release of players for Olympic Games, the formation process of the World League Association and youth development, including a first-hand presentation on the EPFL Report on Youth Development in European Football.

On the occasion, the EPFL have noted the strategic objectives and priorities currently pursued by the Turkish Clubs’Union to restructure Professional Football in the country and extended full support to the upcoming creation of a Professional League Organisation. At the end of the EPFL’s conclave, President Halil Unal, stated: “We are really proud to host the EPFL General Assembly here in Istanbul. We appreciate the EPFL’s acknowledgment of our credentials as the true representative body of the major Turkish clubs and our vital role within European Professional Football, as well as the overwhelming support we have received to launch the foundations of the future Turkish Premier League”.

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