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SBD Global/October 31, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Mexican Politician Looks To Reform Law, End 'Gentleman's Agreement' In Football

Mexican politician Claudia Delgadillo González of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) on Tuesday presented an initiative to reform article 295 of the Federal Work Law, which would "end the practice of the so-called 'Gentleman's Agreement' in Mexican football," according to LA AFICION. González said, "Since nearly 20 years ago, there has been a clear violation of the law by Mexican football clubs, which use a 'Gentleman's Agreement' that limits which teams players can move to and aims to protect owners' investments. When footballers end contracts, they are impeded from earning money from other clubs in free agency." The law currently states, "Professional athletes will not be allowed to transfer to other businesses or clubs without their consent." González is "seeking a provision" that would make the law include what it currently entails and also say, "Team owners will not be able to restrict players' liberty to be contracted by other clubs, whether by paying that player or by any offering any other economic incentive inside or outside the working relationship" (LA AFICION, 10/29).
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