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SBD Global/March 3, 2014/International Football

FIFPro President Philippe Piat Calls For End To 'Obscene' FIFA Transfer Fees

World players union FIFPro "has renewed its vehement criticism of the current transfer system" following the latest FIFA Transfer Matching System data which reported global transfer fees in '13 of $3.72B, an increase of 41% on the previous year, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. FIFPro President Philippe Piat said, "Today, transfer fees are exorbitant and obscene. It's the system that permits this, just as it allows clubs to run with enormous deficits." FIFPro "lays the blame to this at the door of the regulators and FIFA in particular saying that the transfer system is illegal because it abuses players' rights and creates an inflated and unsustainable labour market." FIFPro said that "the transfer system breaks the law on the basis of freedom of movement, competition law and human rights." Both FIFA and UEFA have said that "there needs to be a review of the transfer system" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 2/28).
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