UEFA Presidents and General Secretaries Meeting Passes Resolution
These cases concern a challenge to the long-established and widely accepted FIFA rule, which requires that clubs must release players to play for the national team and that the clubs are not entitled to be paid for doing so.
It is self-evident that this rule is essential for the proper running of international competitions such as the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Football Championship.
Furthermore, the rule is also a clear expression of sporting and financial solidarity in football.
The national team competitions are critical for the financing of national football associations and, in particular, for the development work they undertake.
All 52 member associations therefore stand firmly behind both FIFA and UEFA in defending the player release rule, and will do their utmost to ensure that this key sporting rule is protected.