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Brussels, 6 March 2001

Commission President Prodi welcomes outcome of football transfers talks

"I am delighted that we have been able to find a satisfactory and workable outcome with FIFA on international player transfers in the European Union that not only respects the special needs of the sport but also Community law", commented European Commission President Romano Prodi. "Europe has risen to the occasion and won the match, ensuring a great victory both for football and for Europe. Club football represents much of what we are striving to achieve in Europe in terms of exchanges of players, fans and ideas. Together, European football is stronger, more dynamic and more entertaining than if each national league played in its own corner. We have managed to achieve an outcome that will preserve the legitimate rights of players to move from one country to another whilst ensuring European football will be able to go from strength to strength. I pay tribute to all those involved and in particular my colleagues Mario Monti, Anna Diamantopoulou and Viviane Reding."

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