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FIFPro Prepares Europe For Legal Battle

Mon 14th Apr 2014 | Legal

New details relating to FIFPro’s legal challenge to overhaul the transfer system will be presented today at the opening of a two-day European General Assembly, in Dublin.

Following last week’s presentation in Guatemala, where member countries across Division America united behind the initiative, FIFPro turns its attention to Europe as the campaign enters a critical phase of strategic global alignment.

FIFPro Secretary-General Theo van Seggelen said, “We are energised by the response from our member unions worldwide, and cautiously optimistic that the law is on our side.”

“We have an enormous opportunity, together with all stakeholders, to fundamentally improve the game.”

“However, it is clear that FIFPro needs to take the lead on this as discussions with other stakeholders expose an unhealthy willingness to effectively maintain the status quo.”

“This goes beyond FIFPro’s traditional role to safeguard the rights of the players. We also intend to prove that through the failings of the transfer system the football industry has become its own worst enemy.”

“We’ve concluded that more forceful action is needed to bring about change, and four months on since we announced the challenge there is no intention to change our strategy.”


The general objectives of FIFPro’s challenge to the transfer system fall under the following points:


  • Safeguard the workers’, social and fundamental rights of professional footballers as well as their fundamental economic freedoms
  • Create a balance of powers between employers and employees on the football labour market.
  • Improve the sustainability, economic and competitive balance of the football industry through new regulatory mechanisms targeting the product market
  • Improve football’s governance of labour relations through improved working standards and access to impartial arbitration or labour courts
  • Eliminate harmful and counter-productive restraints of trade
  • Eliminate ineffective and unsustainable financial practices such as inflated agent fees and third-party ownership


 Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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