After a six-month period for the adjustment of sport clubs and associations to amendments to the Sports Act has expired, as of today amended articles of that law are in force. In a comment on that, the Bridge coalition of independent slates has said that it believes the amended law is the right way to change the situation in some sports for the better.
"The Bridge coalition of independent slates has been advocating, for quite some time, ridding sports of political influence that serves utterly doubtful individual and group interests. The state should care primarily about creating conditions that will make sport a transparent, scandal-free activity complying with laws."
"Sport must serve as an example of fair competition enjoyed by those who engage in it and those who enjoy it as spectators. Currently Croatian sport, notably soccer, is miles away from that. Since the living standards of Croatian citizens cannot be improved overnight, citizens at least deserve to enjoy sports, by which Croatia has always been known," reads a statement issued by the coalition.
Bridge will not tolerate the farce that has turned soccer into a business of one family and which, instead of stadiums, has been filling (anti-corruption office) USKOK's indictments and newspaper crime and scandal sections. Soccer, just like other sports, must be played for the sake of fans, and if (sports) are presented as a business activity, they have to comply with clear rules, and the obligations of sport clubs and associations must be transparent and strictly supervised, Bridge said, among other things.