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SBD Global/October 17, 2013/International Football

FIFPro President Philippe Piat Says January Transfer Window Should Be Limited

World football players' union FIFPro President Philippe Piat said Tuesday that "football clubs should not be allowed to transfer more than one or two players during the January window," according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. Piat said, "I'm a bit radical so I would say that we should not have a winter transfer window because we want stability for the players' contracts. But obviously there could be some adjustments." Last January, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger spoke out against the system, saying that "deals should be limited to two transfers per club." Piat: "The winter transfer window is another way for agents to get more commission. It is also another opportunity for players to put pressure on their club. Limiting the transfers would help prevent that happening." Piat said that "there were flaws in the current transfer system." Piat: "There is no freedom in the current system because the market decides everything" (REUTERS, 10/15).
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