Zylberstein said: “We believe tax evasion is a clear threat to the social values of football and to the regulatory framework and to the integrity of the broader game. Having said that, it’s up to the regulatory authorities”.
PANA committee chairman, Werner Langer, described the answers as “not completely satisfactory.”
He echoed the feelings expressed by many MEPs, including Belgian Louis Michel, who accused the officials of “a magnificent example of double talk” and condemned their reluctance to criticise players convicted of tax evasion.
Another panellist, Merijn Rengers, a journalist with NRC Handelsblad — part of the media consortium which published the findings of financial wrongdoing in the world of soccer — said the desire to evade tax was “epidemic” in the industry and the attitude embraced the biggest clubs, players and agents.
He said: “Everybody is using tax advisers to evade tax.”
One MEP asking whether it was possible that the regulatory bodies had become as corrupt as the industry?
Zylberstein replied that the body had passed a series of modernising reforms in 2017, which included term limits for the UEFA president.