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Time for FIFA to act

It is barely a month since the league season ended yet the process by which certain clubs have made clear their interest in signing particular players under contract at other clubs has reached new levels of brazenness.

It is hard not to feel sympathy with Manchester United for what they have endured surrounding Ronaldo even accepting that their own behaviour in attracting Hargreaves is not immune to criticism. Inters actions in unsettling Hleb will lead to us losing a player that just a few months ago was 'committed` to the club.

United are the biggest club in the world yet even they can have their star player publicly approached by another club openly discussing the sort of figures they might be prepared to pay that player in wages. But if United follow through with their threat to report Calderon and vigorously pursue FIFA to take action against Real then they will be doing all football clubs a service. This is just the sort of high profile case that might effect a change and give clubs prone to this type of action serious pause for thought.

FIFA regulations are quite clear about such actions and if they had the will to act unilaterally they could certainly do so.

Their regulations state:

Article17.5 Any person subject to the FIFA Statutes and regulations (club officials, players` agents, players, etc.) who acts in a manner designed to induce a breach of contract between a professional and a club in order to facilitate the transfer of the player shall be sanctioned.

There is little doubt that Calderons actions and those of officials at other clubs affecting the players of clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are actionable under this clause.

Stories also abound about players` agreeing terms with clubs even though there has been no prior agreement between clubs for an approach to be made. Much of it just hearsay but agreeing terms with players` agents in this case amounts to the same as an agreement directly with the player.

FIFAs regulations again seem pretty unambiguous in their resolve:
Article 18.3 A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player`s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him. A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six months. Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.

At present those clubs most blatant in their disregard for these regulations are cocking a snoop at FIFA. While the administrators stand idly by playing with ideas of introducing new regulations regarding player quotas and control of club debt the regulations they have already put in place are routinely ignored. Unless they show a determination to enforce existing regulations then further regulations are just open to ridicule whatever their individual merit.

It would be easy to take a smug partisan satisfaction at the prospect of a rival club losing one of it`s key players against their will but I feel that if ever there is a case which warrants some solidarity then this is it.




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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 7 2008

Time: 3:17PM

Your Comments

Fifa cant organise a pi$$ up in a brewery
ajwb
Fifa cant organise a pi$$ up in a brewery
ajwb
Totally agree, should be sorted, we've (Villa) had similar recently over Gareth Barry. All clubs and players should be in NO doubt at all what they can and can't do/say in relation to transfers. The greed and bullying is totally out of hand. Hope one of the clubs paying obscene wages be muted at the moment go bust, they'll deserve it and then maybe football can take a step back and become slightly less mad !
The Fear
Totally agree, should be sorted, we've (Villa) had similar recently over Gareth Barry. All clubs and players should be in NO doubt at all what they can and can't do/say in relation to transfers. The greed and bullying is totally out of hand. Hope one of the clubs paying obscene wages be muted at the moment go bust, they'll deserve it and then maybe football can take a step back and become slightly less mad !
The Fear
This needs to happen but i wonder why Fifa does not say anything! Is it that a team needs to report another first? which would make no sense as they are the police of world football, so if there is an infraction they should automatically take action. I wonder how they make money, i dont understand how an organization that is so important does so little to make the game which they are supposed to protect more respactable. I live in America now and I must say that I respect how they handle sports. Yes you have the disgrunltled player that demands a trade but it is still up to the team. Recently an American football player demanded a trade and the team has refused to grant him his wish and said he just wouldnt play. their is just no respect for contracts of football!! I have been here since 82 and do not remember once, a team lobbying publicly for a player (maybe they are more covert here but it is way better that football). I really dont think you should show too much symapthy to Man U as they have gotten some players in terrible ways and dont seem to be bothered with how they do their thing, life. The Tevez situation was the most sickening I have seen regardless of the situation. What is happening is that the players have too much power. The way how it seems contracts might as well be done away with as most players do not even try to honor them, they sign them and a second later want to leave or want more $$. There should be a law that states a player should honor a certain amount of his contract before demanding a trade or else as hillwood said there is bound to be Anarchy. The problem with football is this big club situation and it is even bigger than that, prestige is a big part. You stated that Man U is the biggest club in the world however it is obvious that Ronaldo wants to join Madrid, is seems payers always want to go to the clubs with the biggest history (of winning), therefore they remain the richest mostly and it becomes Impossible to have parity. I can understand players wanting to play for the club of their youth however when it poisons the game on a whole its just not cool. lets not be fooled, football is poisoned in some forms and i believe there is more corruption that we think (just me). Big Up All Arsenal Fans!!! God Bless!!!
Paulsito
This needs to happen but i wonder why Fifa does not say anything! Is it that a team needs to report another first? which would make no sense as they are the police of world football, so if there is an infraction they should automatically take action. I wonder how they make money, i dont understand how an organization that is so important does so little to make the game which they are supposed to protect more respactable. I live in America now and I must say that I respect how they handle sports. Yes you have the disgrunltled player that demands a trade but it is still up to the team. Recently an American football player demanded a trade and the team has refused to grant him his wish and said he just wouldnt play. their is just no respect for contracts of football!! I have been here since 82 and do not remember once, a team lobbying publicly for a player (maybe they are more covert here but it is way better that football). I really dont think you should show too much symapthy to Man U as they have gotten some players in terrible ways and dont seem to be bothered with how they do their thing, life. The Tevez situation was the most sickening I have seen regardless of the situation. What is happening is that the players have too much power. The way how it seems contracts might as well be done away with as most players do not even try to honor them, they sign them and a second later want to leave or want more $$. There should be a law that states a player should honor a certain amount of his contract before demanding a trade or else as hillwood said there is bound to be Anarchy. The problem with football is this big club situation and it is even bigger than that, prestige is a big part. You stated that Man U is the biggest club in the world however it is obvious that Ronaldo wants to join Madrid, is seems payers always want to go to the clubs with the biggest history (of winning), therefore they remain the richest mostly and it becomes Impossible to have parity. I can understand players wanting to play for the club of their youth however when it poisons the game on a whole its just not cool. lets not be fooled, football is poisoned in some forms and i believe there is more corruption that we think (just me). Big Up All Arsenal Fans!!! God Bless!!!
Paulsito
amos, i wouldn't bother mate, when we had our viera & henry sagas who voiced their concern for us ? so now united are going to have their summer torn apart by their star player who might go might not, I couldn't give a rats arse !
PUREGOLD
amos, i wouldn't bother mate, when we had our viera & henry sagas who voiced their concern for us ? so now united are going to have their summer torn apart by their star player who might go might not, I couldn't give a rats arse !
PUREGOLD
I understand the sentiment PG but what's the next step - El Mundo publishes an example draft contract made out to Cesc? It's the failure to act in the past that has allowed this situation to develop as far as it has. It has to stop somewhere. At the very least it destabilises the team - which is cheating - plain and simple.
Amos.
I understand the sentiment PG but what's the next step - El Mundo publishes an example draft contract made out to Cesc? It's the failure to act in the past that has allowed this situation to develop as far as it has. It has to stop somewhere. At the very least it destabilises the team - which is cheating - plain and simple.
Amos.
Nice write up Amos, but this has been going on for the last 3 years and Fifa might just expend all of its resources enforcing the rule. The picture's real nice though.
stukazufuss
Nice write up Amos, but this has been going on for the last 3 years and Fifa might just expend all of its resources enforcing the rule. The picture's real nice though.
stukazufuss
FIFA don't behave like an organisation that protects the interests of the game. In fact, they are the complete opposite, they're a corporation.
Little Dutch
FIFA don't behave like an organisation that protects the interests of the game. In fact, they are the complete opposite, they're a corporation.
Little Dutch
Platini seems to hate anything English except the money going into UEFA's coffers
Tiny T
Platini seems to hate anything English except the money going into UEFA's coffers
Tiny T
I dont have much hope that anything will come out of this. Clubs like Madrid & ManU operate under their own rules, and this is a rich case of karma here. Atleast you can say that ManU are getting as good as they've given, unlike other clubs like Arsenal & Spurs. So there is absoutely no sympathy for ManU. If something does come of this, it will only be a bonus which will hopefully benefit us in future.
prits
I dont have much hope that anything will come out of this. Clubs like Madrid & ManU operate under their own rules, and this is a rich case of karma here. Atleast you can say that ManU are getting as good as they've given, unlike other clubs like Arsenal & Spurs. So there is absoutely no sympathy for ManU. If something does come of this, it will only be a bonus which will hopefully benefit us in future.
prits
The thing is, I wish we would actually complain to FIFA rather than whingeing about it and letting it go. What have we done about Inter? Nowt. We said we'd report them, why hasn't this happened? If we keep complaining about it every time it happens and keep being noisy about it, FIFA will have to act. Not because they are concerned about the interests of the game, I don't think FIFA is capable of thinking along those lines. But no corporate entity likes bad publicity. You see it now with carbon footprints and obessity being massive political subjects, corporations are pretending to give a crap. Not because they do, but because they know it makes good sense for their brand. Treat FIFA along the same lines, expose what a terrible job they're doing and eventually they will try and avert the publicity. I think in matters such as this and in our handling of the media in general, our football club really needs to grow some balls, we're far too soft.
Little Dutch
The thing is, I wish we would actually complain to FIFA rather than whingeing about it and letting it go. What have we done about Inter? Nowt. We said we'd report them, why hasn't this happened? If we keep complaining about it every time it happens and keep being noisy about it, FIFA will have to act. Not because they are concerned about the interests of the game, I don't think FIFA is capable of thinking along those lines. But no corporate entity likes bad publicity. You see it now with carbon footprints and obessity being massive political subjects, corporations are pretending to give a crap. Not because they do, but because they know it makes good sense for their brand. Treat FIFA along the same lines, expose what a terrible job they're doing and eventually they will try and avert the publicity. I think in matters such as this and in our handling of the media in general, our football club really needs to grow some balls, we're far too soft.
Little Dutch
No point in complaining to the likes of FIFA/UEFA - they are too busy lambasting English clubs for "cheating" (ie. being in debt) and trying to work out ways to reduce the success of the EPL.
Moorish
No point in complaining to the likes of FIFA/UEFA - they are too busy lambasting English clubs for "cheating" (ie. being in debt) and trying to work out ways to reduce the success of the EPL.
Moorish
 

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