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SBD Global/December 18, 2013/International Football
FIFPro Demands Radical Overhaul Of Football Transfer System
Published December 18, 2013
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SPARKING A 'REVOLUTION': The London TELEGRAPH reported if successful, a challenge "would trigger a revolution in the way players are still bought and sold." Free transfers of players in many of the top leagues "remain rare events but Fifpro are determined to make it easier for players to move clubs in a similar way that other workers can move from one firm to another." The challenge "is likely to be fiercely opposed by the clubs." FIFPro claimed 28% of all the money from transfer fees "ends up in the pockets of agents and that many players are not paid on time, or even at all" (TELEGRAPH, 12/17). ESPN reported the union "believes a high number of footballers are not paid on time and that this has contributed to a rise in criminality in the game, amid a number of match-fixing allegations across Europe." FIFPro Division Europe President Bobby Barnes said, "Despite football enjoying record amounts of revenue, football’s regulatory and economic system fails miserably on numerous fronts and drives the professional game towards self-destruction" (ESPN, 12/17).