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SBD Global/March 21, 2014/International Football

FIFPro Calls On FIFA To Reform International Player Transfer System

FIFPro called on FIFA to address proposals to reform the fundamental principles of football's transfer system. The concerns stem from a meeting with the FIFA Players' Status Committee on Tuesday in Zurich, where a six-man FIFPro delegation did not receive ample consideration to adequately table its proposals for the first time in a FIFA setting. FIFPro had informed FIFA in writing well before the meeting of its intention to do so. FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen said, "We are firmly committed to either replacing the current system or reforming it down to the principles by which it operates" (FIFPro). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Andrew Warshaw wrote the European Club Association representing more than 200 clubs across Europe "recently produced convincing figures which it said proved that the status quo was working perfectly well." But not according to FIFPro, "which approved FIFA's willingness to create a new working group to study the whole issue of transfers but warned it would take unilateral action if it was not properly consulted." FIFPro said that "it had outlined the following areas" to the Players' Status Committee for discussion: overdue payables, training compensation and protected abuse period (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 3/20).
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